Environmental Sustainability in practice? A macro-scale profile of tourist accommodation facilities in Australia's coastal zone

McNamara, Karen Elizabeth and Gibson, Chris (2008) Environmental Sustainability in practice? A macro-scale profile of tourist accommodation facilities in Australia's coastal zone. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 16 1: 85-100. doi:10.2167/jost621.0


Author McNamara, Karen Elizabeth
Gibson, Chris
Title Environmental Sustainability in practice? A macro-scale profile of tourist accommodation facilities in Australia's coastal zone
Journal name Journal of Sustainable Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-9582
1747-7646
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2167/jost621.0
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 85
End page 100
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract While methods have been developed to measure progress towards sustainability in a tourism setting, a shortage still exists of research that examines the integration of environmental sustainability into the existing built environment, particularly across a macro-scale. In an attempt to advance research in this area, this paper profiles the self-acknowledged implementation of environmental initiatives by managers of tourist accommodation facilities along Australia's east coast. An original and empirical approach, based on quantitative surveys, was undertaken for 536 accommodation facilities located within one kilometre of the coastline. Broad trends were that larger accommodation facilities were more likely to be in close proximity to coastlines, yet were also more likely to have formal mechanisms to implement environmental initiatives. Regional variation in implementation was apparent, and possible explanations included the role of local cultures and state regulation. Overall, however, results indicate poor uptake of environmental initiatives. We conclude by arguing that such results are a consequence of barriers including the inheritance of older built environments and the poor communication to the managers of facilities of the benefits of implementing environmental initiatives.
Keyword Accommodation facilities
Built environment
East coast Australia
Environmental initiatives
Quantitative surveys
Sustainability
Performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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