Environmental orientations and environmental behaviour: perceptions of protected area tourism stakeholders

Imran, Sophia and Alam, Khorshed and Beaumont, Narelle (2014) Environmental orientations and environmental behaviour: perceptions of protected area tourism stakeholders. Tourism Management, 40. pp. 290-299. ISSN 0261-5177


There are numerous studies in the academic literature which assert that environmental attitudes can influence the process of sustainable tourism in protected areas. To test this claim, this research was undertaken in Central Karakoram National Park, Pakistan. The purpose of the research was to examine the differences in environmental orientations of four stakeholder groups associated with protected area tourism and to determine the factors that might influence their intentions to engage in environmentally responsible behaviour. The New Ecological Paradigm scale was used to assess environmental orientations. In addition, interviews were conducted to examine the factors that impacted these orientations. The results show significant differences among the stakeholders' orientations towards the environment and multiple factors that influence stakeholders' intention to engage in environmental conservation and sustainable tourism, namely economic benefits, awareness and information, top down governance and resource use rights.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2013 23:20
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: conservation; environmental behaviour; environmental orientations; mixed method; protected area tourism; stakeholder groups; Pakistan; Karakoram National Park
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150605 Tourism Resource Appraisal
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2013.07.003
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23926

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