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Author : Wolfgang Strasdas
School/Work Place : Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
Contact : wolfgang.strasdas@hnee.de
Year : 2012

Nature-based tourism is a form of travel that is often believed to lend itself more to sustainable development than other tourism segments. In fact, the concept of ecotourism – defined as nature tourism that is sustainable – was developed in the 1990s not only to minimize negative impacts, but also as a means to actively support biodiversity conservation and generate income for rural communities. But what about nature-based tourism and climate change? This aspect is conspicuously absent from the idea of ecotourism which tends to focus on the destinations while neglecting how to get there and back (Strasdas 2005). Overall in tourism, transportation is responsible for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions of a given trip, even if it is domestic. For long-haul travel transport is by far the predominant source of emissions (UNWTO/UNEP 2008).

Since pristine natural attractions tend to be remote and difficult to access, thus increasing distances and transportation needs, it may be hypothesized that this tourism segment produces even higher emissions than mainstream tourism. So far, there are very few studies that have specifically dealt with the climate impact of nature tourism. One such study from New Zealand has, in fact, confirmed this hypothesis early on (Simmons/Becken 2004). Two more recent studies have also shown the extremely high climate footprint of tourism to the Polar Regions (Dawson et al. 2010, Eijgelaar et al. 2010). In spite of this, and not any different from the tourism industry in general, the ecotourism community does not appear to have significantly responded to the transportation challenge during the past years, with the exception of local measures (accommodation, local transport) to save energy and increase the share of renewable energy sources.


List of Articles
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414 Think Tank XVI Can Tourism Businesses Foster Better Inclusion for Peo... file 196 Jul 02, 2016

It is difficult to deny that despite its increased popularity, the concept of social entrepreneurship has not received a clearer understanding in a theoretical context. Zahra, Gedajlovic, Neubaum, and Shulman (2009) list 20 definitions of s...

Author: Kristof Tomej 

Year: 2016 

413 Think Tank XVI The moderating role of values in planned behaviour: th... file 202 Jul 02, 2016

In the past five years, we (a group of researchers from the Leeds Becket University and the Open University of Catalonia) have been working on different studies about the CSR motivations, barriers and practices in tourism small and medium e...

Author: Lluís Garay, Xavier Font & August Francesc Corrons 

Year: 2016 

412 Think Tank XVI Analysing CSR Practices in Food Operations: A case stu... file 213 Jul 02, 2016

Food consumption is seen by most tourists as an important part of their holiday and tourism often takes place in ecologically, socially and culturally sensitive destinations. Through food consumption, it is not only possible to support heal...

Author: Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Hannes Antonschmidt & Klaus-Peter Fritz 

Year: 2016 

411 Think Tank XVI Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Germany – Ove... file 213 Jul 02, 2016

Certification schemes for sustainable tourism can be seen as a key voluntary instrument to measure, verify and communicate the CSR management and performance of tourism businesses. Today a large number of such schemes can be found around th...

Author: Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2016 

410 Think Tank XVI Volunteering and donations for biodiversity conservati... file 218 Jul 02, 2016

In 2010, the newly elected government of New Zealand, of neo-liberal orientation, has adopted its Business Growth Agenda. This has been implemented through a series of legal, policy and organizational changes, affecting the governance of th...

Author: Valentina Dinica 

Year: 2016 

409 Think Tank XVI eTraining for Sustainable Tourism: Investing in Skills... file 234 Jul 02, 2016

This proposed presentation examines the current state of “eTraining” opportunities (e.g. distance learning programs, online courses, live seminars) supporting professional skills development for tourism professionals, with a particular focu...

Author: Ayako Ezaki 

Year: 2016 

408 Think Tank XVII Lack of transparency - a barrier for the diffusion of ... file 251 Aug 17, 2017

Throughout the last two decades, the tourism industry has changed due to the revolutionary development in the realm of information and communication technologies (ICT) (Amaro & Duate, 2013; Law et al., 2004; Minghetti & Buhalis, 2010...

Author: Sven-Olaf Gerdt, Elisa Wagner & Gerhard Schewe 

Year: 2017 

407 Think Tank XVI Influencing sustainability through engagement in polic... file 259 Jul 02, 2016

The ability of businesses to influence the sustainability of tourism development is generally examined from two standpoints: the regulatory frameworks requiring particular actions with respect to how business is carried out, or to clients; ...

Author: Valentina Dinica 

Year: 2016 

406 Think Tank XVI Examining Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism: ... file 267 Jul 02, 2016

One of the biggest challenges facing the tourism industry and policy makers is the emerging and fast growing ‘sharing economy’. Keeping abreast of this, disruptive but potentially transformative phenomenon has been challenging for industry,...

Author: Stephen Wearing & Kevin Lyons 

Year: 2016 

405 Think Tank XVII Finding and Fostering Our Future Tourism Leaders: Unde... file 267 Aug 17, 2017

The hospitality and tourism industry is facing a serious skilled manpower shortage globally, and the best way to meet the manpower needs of the industry is through training and education. The shortage of skilled talent is a global issue in t...

Author: Grace K.S. Ho & Rob Law 

Year: 2017 

404 Think Tank XVI Responsible High Performance Sport Travel – Opportunit... file 268 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Kerstin Heuwinkel 

Year: 2016 

403 Think Tank XVI Reaching the hard to reach: CSR and employee engagemen... file 284 Jul 02, 2016

As the duties and behaviour of organizations within the tourism industry evolve to accommodate expectations of pro-sustainable business change, so too does the role and responsibility of employees within these organisations. As key actors i...

Author: Kelsy Hejjas, Caroline Scarles & Graham Miller 

Year: 2016 

402 Think Tank XVI In Search of a New Mindset to Underpin Tourism Develop... file 290 Jul 02, 2016

Despite widespread recognition of the importance of all tourism stakeholders adopting sustainability attitudes and practices, with a huge descriptive and prescriptive literature highlighting ‘best practice’, things seem to be getting worse....

Author: Larry Dwyer & Verity Anne Greenwood 

Year: 2016 

401 Think Tank XIX Promoting sustainable tourist experiences and resilien... file 305 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: adapt, resilient, tourist experience, Maasai, Tanzania Page: 38-51 Promoting sustainable tourist experiences and resilient communities in the Ngorongoro Crater.pdf Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definition...

Author: Claire Louisa Fordred and Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2019 

400 Think Tank XVI Challenges of the development of sustainable products ... file 327 Jul 02, 2016

Tourism destinations have a responsibility to preserve their own mainstay. Sustainable product development can aid the longevity of a destination by supporting local environmental, social and economic aspects. This, however, requires a coord...

Author: Fabian Weber & Barbara Taufer 

Year: 2016 

399 Think Tank XIX Fun with Fungi in the Forest: Making Tourist Experienc... file 336 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: sustainable tourist experiences, interpretation, stories, rainforest Page: 58-74 Fun with Fungi in the Forest.pdf Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table N...

Author: Karen Hughes and Gianna Moscardo 

Year: 2019 

398 Think Tank XVII Making hotel guests voluntarily waive daily room cleaning file 339 Aug 17, 2017

Tourism is the fourth largest economic contributor globally and outperforms the growth of the world economy (United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), 2013). But tourism growth comes at a cost. Not surprisingly, therefore, tourism i...

Author: Sara Dolnicar & Ljubica Knezevic Cvelbar & Bettina Grun 

Year: 2017 

397 Think Tank XVI Spirituality and corporate social responsibility in to... file 349 Jul 02, 2016

This ongoing study investigates the role of spirituality for corporate social responsibility (CSR) by tourism businesses in lesser developed countries and the implications this has at the destination level. While much of the world’s tourism...

Author: Alexandra Law, Putu Indah Rahmawati & Terry De Lacy 

Year: 2016 

396 Think Tank XVI The Influences of Hotel Contexts on Tourist Behaviour.... file 351 Jul 02, 2016

Sustainability deals with the relation between people and their environment. The configuration of this connection and the communication between the two are decisive when talking about a socially acceptable, ecologically compatible and econo...

Author: Stefan Raich 

Year: 2016 

395 Think Tank XVI Rural communities’ participation in the planning and m... file 360 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Limpho Lekaota 

Year: 2016 

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