Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (12): 3025-3042.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202112011

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Urban residents' perceptions and attitudes towards the impacts of mega-event: A case study of the first China International Import Expo

LU Song1(), LI Zhuoyan2   

  1. 1. College of Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
    2. College of Tourism, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
  • Received:2020-08-31 Revised:2021-06-21 Online:2021-12-25 Published:2022-02-25
  • Supported by:
    Shanghai Planning Project of Philosophy and Social Science(2018BGL030);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41971171)

Abstract:

As a driving force of urban renewal and regional economic development, large-scale events can greatly promote the image and economy of the city. From the perspective of residents' perception, this study used the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) as a case to analyze the social exchange relationship. Based on the Social Exchange Theory, a relational model of "Government Trust", "Consideration of Future Consequences", "Perception of Positive Impacts", "Perception of Negative Impacts", "Quality of Life" and "Attitude towards the first CIIE" is constructed. And the structural equation model analysis was used to explore the rationality of the model construction, and to verify the influencing factors of residents' perceptions of the impacts of the first CIIE and their attitude, as well as the mediating role of quality of life between perception and attitude towards the first CIIE. The results of the study showed that: (1) Residents' trust on the government and consideration of future consequences have an important impact on residents' perception and their attitude. Residents' trust on the government has a significant positive effect on the residents' perception of positive impacts and their attitude, and a significant negative effect on the residents' perception of negative impacts. The relationship among consideration of future consequence, perception and attitude also shows this pattern. (2) Residents' perception of positive impacts has a positive effect on their perception of life quality and attitude; residents' perception of negative impacts has a significant negative effect on their attitude, but has no significant effect on their perception of life quality. (3) Quality of life does not show a significant mediating effect between residents' perception and their attitude. This paper has certain implications and reference values for the sustainable and healthy development of CIIE and the construction of Shanghai as a famous international exhibition city.

Key words: mega-event impacts, residents' perceptions and attitudes, government trust, consideration of future consequences, the first China International Import Expo, Shanghai City