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Author : Sue Bergin-Seers & Judith Mair
School/Work Place : Victoria University, Australia
Contact : sue.bergin@vu.edu.au
Year : 2008

The concerns are varied and are not necessarily important to all tourists and the influence they have on sustaining the industry is unknown. For years the tourism industry has used a number of mechanisms in an attempt to green operators. There are a range of award schemes and accreditation and certification schemes relating to environmental performance in the tourism industry. These are commonly referred to as ‘ecolabels’. Buckley (2002) describes an ecolabel as “one whose content refers principally to the environment”. According to Bendell and Font (2004), there has been a huge increase in the last ten years in the range of programmes certifying to sustainability standards. They consider that such programmes are “acknowledged as a valuable tool to define and communicate sustainable and responsible business practice” (Bendell and Font 2004, p.143). However, a counter-argument is put forward by Carrigan and Attalla (2001) who believe that too much information can detract from choice. It is possible that the green tourists (and in particular, those similar to the Selector type) are unable to be focused in their environmental information seeking but that other tourists, such as the Translator type, could be so concerned about the environment that they cease travel althogether. The specific aims of the study are, therefore, to:

  • Test and refine a scale to identify green tourists;
  • Develop a profile of Green Tourists with a focus on behaviours and attitudes; and
  • Identify how the industry may harness this market.

List of Articles
No. Subject Views Date
5 Think Tank XV Environmental beliefs and feelings toward nature among... file 4179 Jul 27, 2015

Tourists are often depicted as irresponsible consumers, with mass tourism being linked to extensive consumerism in society (Sharpley, 2012; Singh, 2012)and tourists as consumers are part of the “culture-ideology of consumerism” (Higgins-Desb...

Author: Elizabeth Ann Kruger 

Year: 2015 

4 Think Tank XII Destination Governance and Tourist Mobilities: New Par... file 5326 Nov 06, 2013

Resort communities are complex systems where destination governance has become increasingly challenged by new mobilities of capital, finance, labor, communication, transportation, leisure and tourism. Popular destinations like the coastal co...

Author: Dianne Dredge & Tazim Jamal 

Year: 2012 

» Think Tank VIII Emerging Green Tourists: Their Behaviours and Attitudes file 5058 Oct 13, 2013

The concerns are varied and are not necessarily important to all tourists and the influence they have on sustaining the industry is unknown. For years the tourism industry has used a number of mechanisms in an attempt to green operators. The...

Author: Sue Bergin-Seers & Judith Mair 

Year: 2008 

2 Think Tank VIII Shared Playgrounds: Contrasting Visitor Perspectives o... file 7065 Oct 13, 2013

Tourism is forming an increasingly significant component of the social and economic fabric of many major cities around the world. The quality of life for the residents of a city can be both degraded and enhanced by tourism and its associated...

Author: Tony Griffin, Deborah Edwards, Katie Schlenker & Bruce Hayllar 

Year: 2008 

1 Think Tank VII Volunteer Tourism: Sustainable Innovation in Tourism, ... file 6108 Oct 13, 2013

This is a study of the relationships between two volunteer tourism host communities and the volunteer tourists who visit them. One is a declining rural community located in the Appalachian mountains of the United States. The other is in a ra...

Author: Nancy McGehee 

Year: 2007 

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