Backpackers and sustainable tourism: exploring the potential

Murphy, Laurie, and Brymer, Eric (2010) Backpackers and sustainable tourism: exploring the potential. In: Proceedings of the 2010 International Tourism Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism, pp. 733-749. From: 2010 International Tourism Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism, 15 - 19 November 2010, Mbombela, Nelspruit, South Africa.

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Abstract

There is conflicting evidence in the literature with respect to backpackers as contributors to sustainable travel. This paper explores this market with respect to sustainable travel attitudes, behaviours and preferences. More specifically it examined the motivations of backpacker visitors to Australia, their preferences for environmentally friendly and volunteer tourism experiences, and explored attitudes towards the influence of environmental impacts on the future of travel. The results indicate that not all backpackers necessarily have a strong focus on the sustainability of their travel, but that those interested in community and environmental volunteering have the greatest potential to make meaningful contributions.

Item ID: 15416
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: backpackers, sustainable tourism, volunteer tourism
ISBN: 978-0-620-46397-3
Date Deposited: 05 May 2011 04:33
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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