Chinese and Australian tourists' attitudes to nature, animals and environmental issues: implications for the design of nature-based tourism experiences

Packer, Jan, Ballantyne, Roy and Hughes, Karen (2014) Chinese and Australian tourists' attitudes to nature, animals and environmental issues: implications for the design of nature-based tourism experiences. Tourism Management, 44 101-107. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2014.02.013

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Author Packer, Jan
Ballantyne, Roy
Hughes, Karen
Title Chinese and Australian tourists' attitudes to nature, animals and environmental issues: implications for the design of nature-based tourism experiences
Journal name Tourism Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5177
1879-3193
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.02.013
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 44
Start page 101
End page 107
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated the differences and similarities between Chinese and Australian visitors' attitudes toward nature, animals and environmental issues, in order to inform the design of visitor experiences and interpretive programs that address the needs and interests of Chinese visitors to Australia. Questionnaires were completed by a total of 267 Chinese and 258 Australian visitors to a nature-based island resort in Queensland, Australia. Results indicate that Chinese visitors had a greater sense of connection with, but more anthropocentric view of nature than Australian visitors; had less experience with, and a greater fear or dislike of animals; and were more aware of, interested in, and concerned about environmental issues. Recommendations are made for the design of interpretive experiences that are relevant and effective for Chinese visitors.
Keyword Chinese tourists
Australian tourists
Environmental attitudes
Nature-based tourism
Interpretation
Visitor experiences
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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