Difficulty Of Measuring Social Carrying Capacity

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Difficulty in Measuring Social Carrying Capacity Introduction The growing interest in sustainable development in the tourism industry has accelerated the experts’ concern about the social and biophysical effects of tourism. In this context, the carrying capacity is deemed to evaluate how the tourism development sustains local communities and their cultural and environmental circumstance at a specific tourism site. This evaluation is getting more and more importance, as the researchers, or perhaps the planners and executors of tourism development fear the committing resources to specific uses in the modern world of growing scarcity. Defining Social Carrying Capacity Social carrying capacity has been defined as “... the maximum visitor density at which recreationists still feel comfortable and uncrowded” (Weaver & Lawton, 2014). It also involves the reaction of the local people to the tourist development of the place. Thus, it must be a measure of crowding tolerance. It implies that if no additional changes or improvements in the tourism facility are made, the visitor numbers start to decline beyond the density a site can afford. It means that this measure should never be negative. Mostly the social carrying capacity is influenced by factors such as the recreational infrastructure, visitor attitudes, and socio-cultural norms (MacLeod & Cooper, 2005). Difficulty faced in Measuring Social Carrying Capacity Saveriades (2000) stated that among all the types of carrying
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