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Determining sustainable tourism in regions


Hardy, A and Pearson, LJ, Determining sustainable tourism in regions, Sustainability, 8, (7) Article 660. ISSN 2071-1050 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/su8070660


The goal of achieving sustainable tourism is now a priority for many tourism planners. It has been suggested that stakeholder analysis is an essential step in determining sustainable tourism in regions, given its highly contextual nature. However, previous research has tended to focus heavily on stakeholders with the assumption that attitudes within groups are homogeneous. This research questions this assumption and in doing so, takes a critical approach by examining attitudes towards sustainable tourism and then assesses whether attitudes align with stakeholder groups. The study was conducted in the island state of Tasmania, Australia, and utilised the Q-methodology to examine attitudes towards sustainable tourism in the Bay of Fires region. The results concur with recent research, which shows that attitudes do not always align with those of stakeholder groups. The critical and reflexive approach suggests that assumptions regarding stakeholder attitudes need to be reviewed and more attention given to people’s contextualised attitudes, rather than the stakeholder group in which they sit.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ssustainable tourism; critical approach; Q-methodology; stakeholders; Tasmania
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism management
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Hardy, A (Associate Professor Anne Hardy)
ID Code:110170
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2016-07-18
Last Modified:2017-04-12
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