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Tourism Research Lab

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The UGA Tourism Research Lab employs cutting-edge research to help destinations, tourism businesses, and non-profits better understand the needs and wants of their customers, residents, and employees.


Current Research

  • Fad or Renaissance? A study on Pisgah/Nantahala Recreation Trends since COVID-19 with Dr. Gary Green and Ms. Chase Perren (M.S. student)
  • Georgia Department of Economic Development & Tourism Visitor Information Center Survey with Dr. John Salazar, Dr. Dan Remar, Dr. John Bergstrom, Dr. Craig Landry, and Dr. Kyle Woosnam
  • Examining Visitor Spatial and Temporal Distribution at Fort Sumter National Historic Site. National Park Service with Dr. Ryan Sharp and Dr. Kyle Woosnam
  • Kennesaw Mountain Visitor Use Study with Dr. Kyle Woosnam and Dr. Ryan Sharp
  • Customized Deer Management for Residential Communities with Dr. Gino D'Angelo, Amanda Van Buskirk (Ph.D. Student), and Shane Boehne (M.S. Student)
  • The Conspicuous Consumption Posting Scale (CCPS) and its influence over Social Return with Zack Russell, Kyle Woosnam, and Keith Campbell
  • What Drives Organizational Administration of Citizen Science? An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior and Social Exchange Theory with Amanda Van Buskirk, Charlie Killmaster, Tina Johannsen, and Gino D'Angelo


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  1. Boley, B., Jordan, E., Woosnam, K., Maruyama, N., Xiao, X., & Rojas, C*. (Published Online) Buttressing Social Return’s Influence on Travel Behavior. Current Issues in Tourism. 
  2. Karimi, A., & Boley, B. (Accepted). Service quality assessments of cultural heritage sites by residents and tourists: Application of four complementary IPA techniques. Tourism Planning and Development. 
  3. Horsley, S., Green, G., & Boley, B. (Accepted). Measuring "Iconicism" through the Iconic Species Scale. Society and Natural Resources. Accepted for publication Aug.2, 2022.
  4. Boley, B., Russell, Z.*, & Woosnam, K. (2022). Functional and Self-Congruity’s Influence on Lodging Choice: A Comparison of Franchise and Independent Accommodations. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 50, 318-326.
  5. Li, Xiangping, Boley, B., & Yang, F. (Published Online). Empowerment and its divergent influence over mass and alternative tourism: Lessons from Macao where gaming meets cultural heritage. International Journal of Tourism Research. 
  6. Kline, C., Knollenberg, W., Boley, B., & Jordan, E. (Accepted). Personal factors influencing US Travelers’ sentiments toward travel policies to Cuba. Journal of Tourism Insights. Accepted for publication May 21, 2022.
  7. Pruitt*, H., Boley, B., D’Angelo, & McConnell, M. (Published Online). Importance-Likelihood Analysis of Deer Management Cooperative (DMC) Member Conservation Behaviors. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.  
  8. Li, Xiangping, Boley, B., & Yang, F. (Published Online). Resident Empowerment and Support for Gaming Tourism: Comparisons of Resident Attitudes Pre- and Amid-COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.  
  9. Strzelecka, M., Prince, S., & Boley, B. (Published Online). Resident Connection to Nature and Attitudes Towards Tourism: Findings from three different nature-based tourism destinations in Poland. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 
  10. Woosnam, K., Alector, M.A., Denley, T.*, Hehir, C., & Boley, B. (Published Online) Psychological antecedents of last chance tourism engagement: Considering complementary theories. Journal of Travel Research.  
  11. Beall*, J. & Boley, B. (Published Online). An Ecotourist by Whose Standards? Developing and Testing the Ecotourist Identification Scale (EIS). Journal of Ecotourism. 
  12. Yeager*, E., Boley, B., & Goetcheus, C. (Published Online). Conceptualizing peer-to-peer accommodations as disruptions in the urban tourism system. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Accepted Dec. 8, 2020.  
  13. Boley, B., Strzelecka, M., Yeager*, E., Ribeiro, M., Aleshinloye, K., Woosnam, K., & Mimbs, B. (2021). Measuring Place Attachment with The Abbreviated Place Attachment Scale (APAS). Journal of Environmental Psychology, 74  
  14. Rosenberger*, J.P., Boley, B.B., Edge, A.C., Yates, C.J., Miller, K.V., Osborn, D., Killmaster, C.H., Johannsen, K.L., & D’Angelo, G.J. (2021). Satisfaction of public land hunters during long-term deer population decline. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 45(4), 608-617.
  15. Aleshinloye, K., Woosnam, K., Erul, E., Suess, C., Kong, I., & Boley, B. (2021). Which construct is better at explaining residents’ involvement in tourism; emotional solidarity or empowerment?. Current Issues in Tourism. 24(23), 3372-3386.
  16. Yeager*, E., Boley, B., Welch-Divine, M., & Goetcheus, G. (2021). Peer-to-peer accommodation hosts: An identity framework. Journal of Qualitative Research in Tourism. 2(1), 20-41.
  17. Beall*, J., Boley, B., Landon, A., & Woosnam, K.M. (2021) What drives ecotourism: environmental values or symbolic conspicuous consumption? Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 29(8), 1215-1234.
  18. Harmsel*, H., Boley, B., Irwin, B., & Jennings, C. (2021). Perceived constraints and negotiations to trout fishing in Georgia based on angler specialization level. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 41(1), 115-129.
  19. Pruitt*, H., Boley, B., D’Angelo, G., & McConnell, M. (2021). Importance – Satisfaction Analysis of deer management cooperative members. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 45(1), 85-96.
  20. Boley, B. Jordan, J., & Woosnam, M. (2021). Reversed polarity items in tourism scales: Best practice or dimensional pitfall? Current Issues in Tourism, 24(4), 466-478.
  21. Boley, B., & Woosnam, K. (2021). Going Global or Going Local? Why Travelers Choose Franchise and Independent Accommodations. Journal of Travel Research, 60(2), 354-369.
  22. Knollenberg, W., Kline, C., Jordan, E., & Boley, B. (2020). Will US Travelers be Good Guests to Cuba? Examining US traveler segments’ sustainable behavior and interest in visiting Cuba. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management. 18(December), 100505, 1-11.
  23. Mimbs*, B.P., Boley, B.B., Bowker, J.M., Woosnam, K.M., & Green, G.T. (2020). Importance-performance analysis of residents and tourists' preferences for water-based recreation in the Southeastern United States. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 31(100324), p. 1-11
  24. Denley*, T., Woosnam, K., Riberio, M.A., Boley, B., Hehir, C., & Abrams, J. (2020). Individuals’ intentions to engage in last chance tourism: Applying the value-belief-norm model. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(11), 1860-1881.
  25. Yeager*, E., Boley, B. Woosnam, K. & Green, G. (2020). Modeling Residents’ Attitudes towards Short-Term Vacation Rentals. Journal of Travel Research, 59(6), 955-974.
  26. Dongoh, J., Woosnam, K. Strzelecka, M., & Boley, B. (2020). Knowledge, empowerment, and action: Testing the empowerment theory in a tourism context. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(1), 69-85.
  27. Harmsel*, H., Boley, B., Irwin, B., & Jennings, C. (2019). An Importance-Satisfaction Analysis of Trout License Holders in Georgia. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 39: 1227-1241.
  28. Keith*, S., & Boley, B. (2019). Importance-Performance Analysis of Resident Urban Greenway Users: Findings from Three Atlanta BeltLine Neighborhoods. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 44.
  29. Boley, B. Strzelecka, M., & Woosnam, K. (2018). Resident perceptions of the economic benefits of tourism: Towards a Common Measure. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 42(8), 1295-1314.
  30. Palardy , N., Boley, B., & Johnson-Gaither, C. (2018). Resident support for urban greenways across diverse neighborhoods: Comparing two Atlanta's BeltLine segments. Landscape and Urban Planning, 180 (December), 223-233.
  31. Jordan, E., Boley, B., Knollenberg, W., & Kline, C. (2018). Predictors of intention to travel to Cuba across three time horizons: An application of the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Travel Research, 57(7), 981-993.
  32. Soulard, J., Knollenberg, W., Boley, B., Perdue, R., & McGehee, N. (2018). Social capital and destination strategic planning. Tourism Management. 69, 189-200.
  33. Boley, B., Jordan, E., Kline, C., & Knollenberg, W. (2018). Social Return and Intent to Travel. Tourism Management. 64, 119-128.
  34. Landon, A., Woosnam, K., & Boley, B. (2018). Modeling the psychological antecedents to tourists’ pro-sustainable behaviors: An application of the value-belief norm model. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26(6), 957-972.
  35. Moran**, C., Boley, B., Woosnam, K. Jordan, E., Kline, C., Knollenberg, W. (2018). The battle of the socials: Which socially symbolic factors best predict intent to travel? Tourism Management, 68, 324-327. [Research Note].
  36. Woosnam, K., Maruyama, M., Boley, B., & Erul, E. (2018). Stereotypes and perceived solidarity in ethnic enclave tourism. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 16(2), 138-154.
  37. Fulmer*, A., Boley, B., & Green, G. (2018) Can You Hear Me Now? Using Importance-Performance Analysis to Gauge US Forest Service Employee Satisfaction with Handheld Radios. Journal of Forestry, 116(2), 133-142.
  38. Boley, B., Strzelecka, M., & Watson*, A. (2018). Place Distinctiveness, Psychological Empowerment, and Support for Tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 70, 137-139 [Research Note].
  39. Palardy*, N., Boley, B., & Johnson-Gaither, C. (2018). Residents and Urban Trails: Modeling Support for the Atlanta Beltline. Landscape and Urban Planning. 169, 250-259.

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