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Author : Sofia Reino
School/Work Place : Queen Margaret University, UK
Contact : SReino@qmu.ac.uk
Year : 2011

In an attempt to encourage businesses making an effort to reduce the negative impacts of tourism, and to maximise the positive outcomes of this activity an extensive number of sustainable tourism labels were developed worldwide. It has been argued that tourism businesses, as well as consumers themselves, commonly state their willingness to embrace more environmentally friendly policies, placing a strong focus on labelling aspects (Font, 2001). However, despite consumers' increased awareness about these issues over the last two decades, sustainability values still fail to significantly influence tourist behaviour (Sharpley, 2001; Manaktola & Jauhari, 2007).

The impact of consumers' engagement is not only determined directly by their consumption. In turn, Harris (2007) suggests that consumer choices also influence the decisions of businesses to adopt sustainable practices. Thus, this author argues that businesses will support sustainable labelling initiatives if they perceive a financial benefit. Therefore, if consumers demanded sustainable products more actively a more proactive approach to the adoption of sustainable practices could be expected from businesses. According to Font (2001) labelling methods have helped to standardise the promotion of responsible practices through a set of criteria which is then assessed by a third party. Consequently, sustainable tourism labels could play an essential role in enlightening the demand of consumers for more sustainable tourism products. But the question is whether these labels are communicating their message to consumers, and if this communication is taking place effectively.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort Date
7 Think Tank XVIII Certification as a tool to identify sustainable touris... file 707 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: Sustainable Tourism Products, Sustainable tourism certification schemes, Certification

Author: Martin Balas & Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2018 

» Think Tank XI Sustainable Tourism Labels: A Suitable Tool for Consum... file 2620 Oct 14, 2013

In an attempt to encourage businesses making an effort to reduce the negative impacts of tourism, and to maximise the positive outcomes of this activity an extensive number of sustainable tourism labels were developed worldwide. It has been...

Author: Sofia Reino 

Year: 2011 

5 Think Tank IV Evaluating Environmental Initiatives of German Hotels file 2663 Oct 13, 2013

Following a vigorous environmental protection movement trigging in Germany over thirty years ago, the German hotel industry is gradually moving in line with other sections of its society. This study attempts to present a snapshot of the asse...

Author: Joseph S. Chen, Willy Legrand, Philip Sloan & Josephine Zho 

Year: 2004 

4 Think Tank XI Learning for Sustainable Tourism: Small and Medium Ent... file 3141 Oct 14, 2013

This abstract intends to present QUSS – an integrated Management System for Quality, Sustainability and Safety in theory and practice. QUSS was invented by the NGO Ecocamping and is thus basically applied on camp sites in Europe with focus ...

Author: Tatjana Thimm 

Year: 2011 

3 Think Tank V Ecolabels and Green Globe 21: Awareness and Consumer A... file 3524 Oct 13, 2013

A case in point is New Zealand, where tourism has long been recognised as an important economic force; this is aptly illustrated by the sector’s contribution of 9.6% to the country’s GDP in 2003 (TRCNZ, 2005). The resource at the heart of mu...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2005 

2 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility in the Catalan hospita... file 4646 Oct 13, 2013

The practices of CSR have attracted the attention of the investigators, who have prepared a great diversity of theories and the international organisms, which have done recommendations, so that the companies have added them in their strategi...

Author: Ramon Palau 

Year: 2006 

1 Think Tank XIV Development of a Certification System for Sustainable ... file 4683 Jun 27, 2014

Tourism destinations are complex entities that can be defined as geographical areas of different sizes that are being visited by tourists. Most definitions then differentiate between the perspectives of those living in and managing a destina...

Author: Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2014 

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