Identifying the ecotourist market using the core criteria of ecotourism: is there a true ecotourist that seeks nature, learning and sustainability?

Beaumont, Narelle (2010) Identifying the ecotourist market using the core criteria of ecotourism: is there a true ecotourist that seeks nature, learning and sustainability? In: CAUTHE 2010: Challenge the Limits, 8-11 Feb 2010, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Ecotourism can be defined by three core criteria: nature-based, learning and sustainability. Research aimed at identifying the ecotourist market has concentrated on motivations and activity related to the first two criteria. Although some research has considered ecological values, there is little evidence whether sustainability also has a role in ecotourist decision-making. This research aims to identify ecotourists based on the motivational and activity elements and then assess the pro-environment attitudes of those so identified as a measure of their support for sustainability, thus identifying the market by the three core criteria of ecotourism. A survey was undertaken of 243 visitors to Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia, prior to commencement of their visit. Results indicated that even on motivational and activity grounds the number of ecotourists was low but was even lower when their environmental attitudes were considered. Omitting the sustainability criterion from earlier studies may have resulted in an over-estimation of the size of the ecotourism market. This may account for a recent focus away from a distinct ecotourism segment and diversification of many ecotourism products. Other motivations may be just as important and tourists may not be concerned whether the ecotourism experience conforms to the three criteria of ecotourism.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of CAUTHE. This paper won the award for Best Paper in Ethics, Environment and Sustainability at the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference 2010.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010 01:15
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 05:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecotourism; ecotourist market; motivations; nature-based; learning; sustainability
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1505 Marketing > 150505 Marketing Research Methodology
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified

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