Expeditions in sustainable tourism: evaluating interpretation on expedition cruises

Walker, Kaye (2005) Expeditions in sustainable tourism: evaluating interpretation on expedition cruises. In: Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Student Research in Tourism, pp. 151-172. From: Fourth Annual Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Student Research in Tourism, 1-3 August 2005, Manoa, Hawaii, USA.

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Abstract

It has been suggested that tourism, and especially ecotourism, has the potential to contribute to the principles of the sustainability, and thereby the term "ecotourism" is often heard in conjunction with the term "sustainable tourism" (Smith, 2001, Wearing and Neil, 1999). The definition of ecotourism adopted in Australia's National Ecotourism Strategy (Commonwealth Department of Tourism, 1994) and that represents the essence of the concept as defined by Wearing and Neil (1999) and Blamey (2001), is that ecotourism is nature-based, involves environmental education and is sustainably managed. The goals inherent in Blarney's (2001) concept, around which ecotourism seems to be coalescing (Weaver, 2001), are conservation and education regarding the natural and cultural environment. The educational component of ecotourism operations is usually achieved through what is termed "interpretation", and in most ecotourism operations, the tour guide has the interpretative responsibility. By influencing what visitors' believe about conservation, it is possible to influence not only how a person feels, but also how they act with regard to conservation (Ham and Weiler, 2002; and Moscardo, Woods and Saltzer,2004). Armstrong and Weiler (2003) suggest that the component of interpretive research that particularly deserves investigation in greater depth, is the audience's receipt of the environmental message. This paper adds to this further by suggesting it is not just the receipt of the message that is important, but the perceived significance of such to the individual tourist.

Item ID: 7629
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: ecotourism; expedition cruises; sustainable tourism
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2010 03:50
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