. The present study aims to know the resident’s perception regarding the economics and socio-cultural impacts of coastal tourism on the world class tourist destination of Calangute beach, Goa. The purpose of selecting this topic is so far there has been no study focusing on the planning and management of coastal tourism in Goa from the holistic perception of residents, since they are the most vulnerable section facing the negative impacts of rampant expansion of tourism in Goa. The present study identifies the factors influencing coastal tourism sustainability from the local perspective.


The present study applies research tools like direct observations, structured questionnaire and interview method to collect data from a random sample of 180 residents and using a five-point Likert scale and Chi square test statistics, the study arrives at some major realistic findings.

The Findings:

The major finding of the study is there is a greater percentage of residents who perceive that the environmental and socio-cultural sustainability is negatively impacted due to massive growth of tourism activity in this part of Goa’s coastal belt, while for the perception on economic sustainability the results are mixed. The various statistical tools give the same results. The study recommends local people’s involvement at a decentralised level for chalking out a participatory coastal tourism management program.

Social Implications:

Local resident participation and feed back in the planning, processing and implementation of coastal tourism policies and programs will facilitate inclusive and sustainable tourism growth on the Calangute beach belt of Goa.


Sustainable Coastal Tourism, Resident perception, tourism impacts, Peoples Participation.