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Environmentalism and Tourism Preferences. A Study of Outdoor Recreationalists in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
Karlstads universitet, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Etour)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3098-1490
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, Vol. 11, no 2, 190-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the linkages between nature-based recreation and preferences of individuals classified as “environmentalists”. Following an overview of the literature, this paper reports on an empirical investigation of the nature-based recreation vs. environmentalism nexus using data from a national Swedish survey. Study findings show that environmentalists (environmentally-oriented individuals) behave differently in terms of their recreation-related preferences when compared to non-environmentalists. Environmentalists prefer outdoor activities with little or no impact on the environment as demonstrated, for example, by their avoidance of extractive (e.g. hunting) and motorized activities (e.g. snowmobiling). Despite these differences, the findings were inconsistent in that while environmentalists avoid some extractive and motorized activities, other similar activities were not avoided. Thus, the results question the use of simplistic recreational classification systems for the understanding of activity preferences and the authors call for more in-depth, qualitative research to further understand the nature-based recreation choices of environmentalists. Study findings also show that environmentally-oriented individuals do not hesitate to travel away from residential areas for participation in nature-based recreation. Therefore, this paper helps us to understand which nature-based activities environmentalists demand and can provide a more informed basis for tourism planning and management.

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Taylor & Francis, 2011. Vol. 11, no 2, 190-204 p.
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Ecotourism; Environmental concern; Friluftsliv; Outdoor activities; Sustainable development
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-15563DOI: 10.1080/15022250.2011.583066ISI: 000299872500005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79960694899Local ID: ETOUROAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-15563DiVA: diva2:468341
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Friluftsliv i förändring
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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