The effects of support on coastal tourism planning towards well-being of the community
Residents' support and their engagement in coastal tourism development play an important role in enhancing community wellbeing. There have many efforts by the local authority and the government in planning coastal tourism attractions at Pantai Senok, including the planting of coastal rhu trees and white trees along the coast since 2009. This study examined how the community's welcoming nature, emotional closeness, sympathetic understanding, attitudes and community commitment impact the support for coastal tourism planning, which ultimately describes the community well-being. To test the research model, survey data were collected from 150 residents living at Pantai Senok, Malaysia. Findings revealed that emotional closeness, welcoming nature, sympathetic understanding, community commitment and attitudes have significant effects on local community support for coastal tourism planning. These supports have also improved the quality of life and well-being of the local community.