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Author : Isabell Wulfsberg, Dirk Reiser, Volker Rundshagen & Nicolai Scherle
School/Work Place : Cologne Business School, Germany; Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences; Business and Information Technology School (BITS) University of Applied Sciences.
Contact : dirk.reiser@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Year : 2016
This study investigates environmental attitudes and concerns of Germans tourists towards climate change. Furthermore it analyses if there are attempts to neutralise air travel emissions by means of voluntary carbon-offsetting. Past research has indicated inconsistencies between tourists’ attitudes towards climate change and a translation of those into corresponding travel behaviour. In particular the willingness to compensate travel emissions has not obtained much attention in the past. Since previous studies focused on countries like Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong, there remains a need to analyse whether the attitude-behaviour gap also accounts for German air travellers. Quantitative data was collected by conducting structured face-to-face interviews at the airport of Hamburg. The findings indicate that purchasers of voluntary carbon-offsets are almost non-existent among German air travellers, although they show a reasonable level of concerns when it comes to climate change. However, this is rather a consequence of missing consumer awareness since less than half of the respondents are familiar with the opportunity to compensate travel emissions. Yet, the majority of the respondents show a willingness to purchase carbon-offsets in future. The study concludes that behavioural change in tourism mobility’s is not entirely dependent on moral concerns about climate change. Profound improvements in consumer education and communication are necessary to explain why and how tourists can make a difference.

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74 Think Tank XVI Tourists’ attitude towards and willingness to pay for ... file 995 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Isabel Lissner & Marius Mayer 

Year: 2016 

73 Think Tank XVI The role of sustainability communication in the attitu... file 891 Jul 02, 2016

The extensive growth of the tourism sector entails both beneficial economic contribution and negative environmental and socio-economic impacts. In order to protect the resources tourism is based upon, greater levels of sustainability are ne...

Author: Christina Tölkes 

Year: 2016 

72 Think Tank XVI Tourists vs Tour operators Preferences for CSR Policie... file 2131 Jul 02, 2016

There is an increasing concern for environmental and social issues among international travelers. As a consequence, many tourist corporations have been exploring the implementation of Social Responsibility (SR) policies as a tool to gain co...

Author: Jorge E. Araña, Gianluca Goffi & Carmelo J. León 

Year: 2016 

71 Think Tank XVI Navigating Evolving Global Trends in Financial Crime: ... file 1183 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Verity Anne Greenwood 

Year: 2016 

» Think Tank XVI The influence of environmental attitudes and concerns ... file 1065 Jul 02, 2016

This study investigates environmental attitudes and concerns of Germans tourists towards climate change. Furthermore it analyses if there are attempts to neutralise air travel emissions by means of voluntary carbon-offsetting. Past research...

Author: Isabell Wulfsberg, Dirk Reiser, Volker Rundshagen & Nicolai Scherle 

Year: 2016 

69 Think Tank XVI Responsible High Performance Sport Travel – Opportunit... file 826 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Kerstin Heuwinkel 

Year: 2016 

68 Think Tank XVI Communicating sustainability values of wine producers file 1466 Jul 02, 2016

This paper examines visual design language used in the New Zealand wine industry to communicate values of sustainability. The contribution critically discusses how industry values are physically manifested in and communicated through imager...

Author: Tobias Danielmeier 

Year: 2016 

67 Think Tank XVII Responsible tourism and innovation practices by touris... file 570 Aug 17, 2017

Responsible tourism incorporates economic, environmental and social imperatives in accordance with ‘sustainable tourism’ notions (Booyens & Rogerson, 2016a). This research argues that tourism firms need to innovate in order to be economi...

Author: Irma Booyens and Christian M. Rogerson 

Year: 2017 

66 Think Tank XVII Making hotel guests voluntarily waive daily room cleaning file 346 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 

65 Think Tank XVII Investigating the relationship between FDI and Tourism... file 440 Aug 17, 2017

This paper employs a dynamic time series econometrics framework, namely a vector error correction model (VECM), to investigate the link between foreign direct investment (FDI) and tourist arrivals in Mauritius for the period 1980-2015. The r...

Author: Sheereen Fauzel, & Boopen Seetanah 

Year: 2017 

64 Think Tank XVII Investigating the impact of climate change on the tour... file 1614 Aug 17, 2017

The tourism sector is vital for the development of small island developing states. However, climate change can negatively impact on tourism demand and affect these economies both on the economic and social level. The purpose of this study is...

Author: Sheereen Fauzel, Boopen Seetanah, Robin Sannassee & Robin Nunkoo 

Year: 2017 

63 Think Tank XVII Managing open rock art sites for tourism, in the centr... file 685 Aug 17, 2017

Rock art is found across the world and is a unique heritage which is divided into three main categories; rock paintings (pictographs), rock engravings, (petroglyphs), and geoglyphs (natural objects used as designs) (Anati, 1993; Clottes, 199...

Author: Claire Louisa Fordred & Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2017 

62 Think Tank XVII The Role of Tour guide for Sustainable Tourism with th... file 2134 Aug 17, 2017

The emergence of information technology has a profound impact on tourism industry. Today, visitors are more inclined to have searched the Internet to gain more pre-tour knowledge for the destinations than before. The advances of the various ...

Author: Daisy Suk-fong FUNG 

Year: 2017 

61 Think Tank XVII Lack of transparency - a barrier for the diffusion of ... file 252 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 

60 Think Tank XVII Applying water quality as a management tool for the wi... file 682 Aug 17, 2017

Growing human populations led to expanding agriculture and industrial activities, and during the last decade raised international concern as fresh water quality has deteriorated on a global scale. In addition, climate change threatens to cau...

Author: JJ Grobler and KF Mearns 

Year: 2017 

59 Think Tank XVII New Forms of ‘Responsible Tourism’ in Refugee Camps an... file 2611 Aug 17, 2017

Responsible Tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit”. Traveling responsibly is thus about managing travel and destinations in an environmentally and culturally responsible way and de...

Author: Jaume Guia, Sil van de Velde & Lauren Chan 

Year: 2017 

58 Think Tank XVII Collaborative knowledge production development and act... file 1366 Aug 17, 2017

Increasingly, literature has depicted food tourism as a powerful contributor to the ‘triple bottom line’ of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in rural communities (e.g. Sidali et al., 2015; Sims, 2009; Everret & Aitchson...

Author: Yukari Higuchi & Yasuhiro Yamanaka 

Year: 2017 

57 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 

56 Think Tank XVII Innovation riving structural power changes in peripher... file 1543 Aug 17, 2017

Traditionally, tourism development in small island destinations has been explained through the lens of the Dependency Theory (Bianchi, 2002; Britton, 1982; Brown & Hall, 2000; Buhalis, 1999; Butler, 1993; Hall, 1994; Harrison, 2001; Weav...

Author: Chaya Hurnath 

Year: 2017 

55 Think Tank XVII Residents’ perceptions of sustainable tourism in Mauri... file 1857 Aug 17, 2017

This paper examines residents' perception on sustainable tourism in Mauritius. 500 surveys were elaborated and circulated to the respondents. This research examines the connections between the demographic variables gender, age, instruction l...

Author: Bhavish Jugurnath & Roucheet Bissessur & Youvish Ramjattan & Devendra Bissessur 

Year: 2017 

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