Sustainable Luxury: oxymoron or comfortable bedfellows

Moscardo, Gianna, and Benckendorff, Pierre (2010) Sustainable Luxury: oxymoron or comfortable bedfellows. In: Proceedings of the 2010 International Tourism Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism, pp. 709-728. From: 2010 International Tourism Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism, 15 - 19 November 2010, Mbombela, Nelspruit, South Africa.

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Abstract

The following paper examines the complex relationship that exists between the concepts of luxury and sustainability in the accommodation sector. A review of the literature on luxury consumption, luxury tourism and sustainability indicated considerable debate about linking luxury and sustainability. The emergence of concepts like ‘intelligent’ and ‘sustainable’ luxury raises a number of research questions, especially in terms of understanding consumer motivations and evaluations of luxury and sustainable experiences. This paper reports on a qualitative analysis of accommodation reviews mined from the World Wide Web and examined using Leximancer. The analysis produced a number of concept maps linking luxury with other accommodation features. Overall the results did not support a strong link between luxury tourism and sustainability. The paper concludes with some issues facing the longer term sustainability of luxury tourism experiences.

Item ID: 15752
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: sustainable, tourism , luxury, nature-based, concept maps
ISBN: 978-0-620-46397-3
Date Deposited: 15 May 2011 12:18
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1505 Marketing > 150599 Marketing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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