Residents’ Perceptions of Heritage Tourism Development Based on Sustainable Tourism Indicators in Central Malacca

Persepsi Penduduk terhadap Pembangunan Pelancongan Warisan Berasaskan Petunjuk Pelancongan Lestari di Melaka Tengah

  • Pirasanah Sasidharan Fakulti Sains Kemanusiaan, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA
  • Rahimah Wahid Fakulti Sains Kemanusiaan, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA
Keywords: Tourism development, development impact, sustainability, heritage tourism

Abstract

This studies aims to identify the level of knowledge of the residents, the perception of the residents on changes in tourism development and the perception of the residents on the impact of tourism development on the sustainability of heritage tourism by referring to the Sustainable Tourism Guidelines in Central Melaka which covers Bandar Melaka. A total of 382 residents living around Central Melaka were selected as study respondents. Data were collected using a simple random sampling method through a questionnaire form and analyzed using descriptive statistics. Overall, the level of knowledge of local people about heritage tourism development in Central Melaka is high (M = 3.92, SP = 0.37), the level of change in heritage tourism development is high (M = 3.67, SP = 0.26) while the impact of tourism development on the sustainability of heritage tourism was also at a high level (M = 4.07, SP = 0.17). In conclusion, changes in tourism development affect the sustainability of heritage tourism in Central Melaka. The implications of this study can be used as a guideline for the Melaka State Government and Local Authorities in planning the development of sustainable heritage tourism based on the Sustainable Tourism Guidelines.

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Published
2021-09-20
How to Cite
Sasidharan, P., & Wahid, R. (2021). Residents’ Perceptions of Heritage Tourism Development Based on Sustainable Tourism Indicators in Central Malacca. Evaluation Studies in Social Sciences, 10(2), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.37134/esss.vol10.2.1.2021