Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Gerry L. White, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Veda Jairrels, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examined the impact of tourism on the environment and Jeddah citizens’ perceptions toward tourism in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The sample consisted of citizens who reside in the city of Jeddah. The variables analyzed included the following: cleanliness of the city, crowding, access to facilities, availability of water, and the quality of air and sea. An explanatory research design was utilized to generate the study, and purposive sampling was employed to gather the analysis. A total of 115 participants participated in the study. The study results suggested that cleanliness of the city, crowding, access to facilities, availability of water, and the quality of air and sea affect the perception of Jeddah citizens toward tourism. Particularly, both crowding and quality of air and sea were significant predictors of perceptions toward tourism.

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