Responsibility in Practice: Adventure Tour Operators

Holland, Jacqueline (2015) Responsibility in Practice: Adventure Tour Operators. In: 3rd Annual International Conference on Hospitality & Tourism Management, 5-6 November 2015, Columbo.

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Responsible tourism is a strategy to manage the consequences of tourism for the environment, societies, economies and tourists by encouraging all stakeholders to take responsibility for their actions. This paper investigates the factors influential to the implementation of responsible tourism on the part of UK based adventure tour operators, who are considered to play a pivotal role in the distribution of tourism products. The study focuses specifically on UK based, small to medium-sized adventure tour operators operating in the international marketplace, predominately in remote destinations in developed and developing countries. This empirical research adopts a qualitative approach, employing semi-structured ‘elite’ interviews with senior management and product development managers. Using template analysis to analyse the data leads to the identification of major themes and subthemes pertinent to the implementation of responsible tourism.

The key findings of this paper are that UK based adventure tour operators do not consider that they achieve a competitive advantage through responsible tourism, or that there is a noticeable consumer demand for such products. This research establishes that it is the values of the company and their commitment to improve practices which are critical to the implementation of responsible practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: responsible tourism, adventure tourism, tour operators
Subjects: N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 14:35
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:49

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