Regulatory attitudes towards informal tourist accommodations in Iran: A Safety and security approach

Document Type : Research Article


Assistant Professor of Amin University of Police Sciences


From the second half of the twentieth century tourism services industry become as one of the Key factors in social and economic progress in many countries, and tourism safety and security is known as one of the most important needs of its growth and development. The issue of this research focuses on the growth of informal tourism accommodations as one of the threats to safety and security of tourism industry in Iran. Research in terms of purpose is applied research and in terms of data processing is a mixed research type (qualitative-quantitative) within the framework of Q-Methodology. In qualitative study stage any evidence and scientific work related to the topic were collected as data source and finally extracted 25 general attitudes towards informal tourist accommodations in Iran. In the quantitative study stage was participated 40 people in the discourse space for Q-sort and then went to work cluster analysis methods and discriminant analysis. The findings of the study included 4 mental patterns for regulating of informal tourist accommodations. The clustering of participants in 4 groups is as follows: first group 6 people, second group 26 people, third group 2 people, and the fourth group 4 people. Of the 25 Q-statements in 20 cases there was a significant difference between attitudes of 4 groups or clusters. Priorities of mental patterns in 4 groups are as follows: first group “stakeholder training requirements”, second group as the majority group and the dominant discourse “Interaction and inter-organizational coordination”, third group “stakeholder training” and “integrated management approach”, fourth group "Stakeholder training" and "Police controlling actions".