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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 Views Datesort
10 Think Tank VIII Environmental Education and Ecotourism: A Case Study o... file 5865 Oct 13, 2013

In this paper we take the standpoint that environmental education and ecotourism are highly related and depend on each other, and that ecotourism cannot be achieved without proper environmental education. Furthermore, in order to achieve qu...

Author: Mojca Arsenijevic & Marko Bohanec 

Year: 2008 

9 Think Tank VIII Education’s Impact on Cultural Distance Perception: Th... file 2648 Oct 13, 2013

As an international tourism destination, Turkey serves mostly European tourist markets due to her closeness to European markets. Turkey and Europe has a long shared history of relationships. However, Turkey and Turkish people have a rather b...

Author: Yasin Boylu, Asli D. A. Tasci & William C. Gartner 

Year: 2008 

8 Think Tank VIII Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Education and ... file 4120 Oct 13, 2013

The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of the current sustainability content in Irish tourism programmes and the identification of key trends in this regard. It is based on extensive research of secondary and tertiary education s...

Author: Jane Stacey, Sheila Flanagan, Kevin Griffin & Anna Tottle 

Year: 2008 

7 Think Tank VII The New World of Travel 2.0: Application of Social Sof... file 6470 Oct 13, 2013

"Web 2.0" is a term used to refer to the emerging new wave of innovation on the Internet. Some see it as a second high-tech wave, marking the recovery from the technology and Internet "bust" at the end of the 1990s (O'Reilly 2005). Character...

Author: Alan A. Lew 

Year: 2007 

6 Think Tank VII Barriers to Innovation in Hospitality Provision: Towar... file 4319 Oct 13, 2013

Recent challenges within the hospitality industry highlight a critical need for research and innovation to inform management practice. Surprisingly, however, a comprehensive review of literature has found that innovation research within the...

Author: Conrad Lashley & Barry O'Mahony 

Year: 2007 

5 Think Tank VII Innovation in Tourism Education: Building the Capacity... file 1748 Oct 13, 2013

This paper will present the findings of a recent Summit on the Future of Tourism Education held in April 2007 in Austria. The summit's goal is to identify future societal, economic, environmental, political and technological trends from 201...

Author: Pauline Sheldon 

Year: 2007 

4 Think Tank VI Service Learning in Tourism Educational Programs – A S... file 3205 Oct 13, 2013

A problem in developing new tourism markets remains how to resource them from an existing employment base. Key questions arising are: Do current tourism enterprises have the existing skills to move into these new markets for sustainable tour...

Author: Susan Anita Briggs 

Year: 2006 

3 Think Tank VI Ecotourism and Environmental Education: Opportunities ... file 74010 Oct 13, 2013

Ecotourism, which typically involves nature-based tourism, plays an increasing role in today's environmental management. As environmental conservation has, in many cases, suffered from a limited budget, funding ecotourism is perceived as a w...

Author: Aphirom Promchanya 

Year: 2006 

2 Think Tank V Tourism Education for Cambodia: A Case Study of its Fi... file 5644 Oct 13, 2013

This paper details the development, delivery and outcomes of a Masters course in Tourism Development that was delivered by the Royal University of Phnom Penh, with the assistance and support of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and t...

Author: Ravi Ravinder 

Year: 2005 

1 Think Tank IV Integration of Theory and Practice in Hospitality Sust... file 8077 Oct 13, 2013

This brief paper describes a new educational model developed at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL) to link theory and practice, or more specifically, coordinate learning opportunities between the classroom (Sustainable Tourism) and current pr...

Author: James Holleran 

Year: 2004 

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