Backpackers and sustainable tourism : exploring the potential

Murphy, Laurie & Brymer, Eric (2010) Backpackers and sustainable tourism : exploring the potential. In van Niekerk, Mathilda, Coetzee, Willie, & Geldenhuys, Sue (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference of Global Sustainable Tourism: to Explore and Debate Issues Relating to Sustainable Practices in Tourism, Tshwane University of Technology, Mbombela, Nelspruit, South Africa, pp. 733-749.

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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 resultsindicate 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.

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ID Code: 43661
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainability, Backpackers, Native
ISBN: 9780620463973
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Tourism Marketing (150604)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: ©Copyright 2010 by Tshwane University of Technology, All Rights Reserved
Copyright Statement: The materials published in this book may be reproduced for instructional and noncommercial use. Any use for commercial purposes must have the prior approval of Tshwane University of Technology. All full papers submitted to the International Conference of Global Sustainable Tourism are subject to a peer reviewing process, using subject specialists selected because of their expert knowledge in the areas.
Printed in South Africa, 2010.
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2011 01:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:32

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