The attitude-behaviour gap in sustainable tourism

Juvan, Emil and Dolnicar, Sara (2014) The attitude-behaviour gap in sustainable tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 48 76-95. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2014.05.012


Author Juvan, Emil
Dolnicar, Sara
Title The attitude-behaviour gap in sustainable tourism
Journal name Annals of Tourism Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0160-7383
1873-7722
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2014.05.012
Open Access Status
Volume 48
Start page 76
End page 95
Total pages 20
Place of publication Doetinchem, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Subject 1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
3303 Development
Abstract This study investigates why people who actively engage in environmental protection at home engage in vacation behaviour which has negative environmental consequences, albeit unintentionally. The environmental activists participating in the study were highly aware of the negative environmental consequences of tourism in general, but all displayed an attitude-behaviour gap which made them feel uncomfortable. Participants did not report changing their behaviour; instead, they offered a wide range of explanations justifying their tourist activities. Gaining insight into these explanations contributes to our understanding of why it is so difficult to motivate people to minimize the negative environmental impacts of their vacations, and represents a promising starting point for new interventions to reduce environmentally unsustainable tourism behaviours.
Keyword Cognitive dissonance theory
Environmentally sustainable tourism
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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