Turizam Volume 26, Issue 3-1
ASK THE PEOPLE – BUILDING TOURISM POLICIES FROM THE PERCEPTION OF RESIDENTS – THE CASE OF NOVI SAD EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2022
Authors: Nemanja Milenković, Ana Vernot Maksić
Abstract: Tourism destinations need to activelyengage all theirstakeholders that apart from tourists, service providers, investors, and other, also includes residents that are not always in the focus of decision-makers. However,they can be a strong opponent when showing resentment towards the tourism development or the proposed plans. Therefore, the paper analyses the perception of residents towards the urban spaces of Novi Sad. The city is awarded as the European Capital of Culture for 2021 and therefore reassess its urban settingsand tourism policies with respect to the wishes of residents. Data for the research was collected by in-person interviews with 797 local residents. The results show the residents are primarily satisfied with the green/recreational areas, and the most visited point is the city centre. The essential urban markers are Petrovaradin Fortress, The Name of Mary Church, The Matica srpska, The Danube, and Serbian National Theatre. From the practical perspective, the results can enable authorities and tourism officials to identify spatially dependent attributes that are important for the destination image and residents’ quality of life.
Keywords: urban spaces, residents, place image, Novi Sad
Article info: 124-133
Received: Received: June 2021 | Accepted: September 2021