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Short-haul city travel is truly environmentally sustainable

Sara Dolnicar, Christian Laesser & Katrina Matus

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abstract With rising interest in and concern about climate change and environmental sustainability, and the significance of the tourism industry worldwide, the impact of tourism-related activities and behaviors on the environment has become a key area of research. In particular, transport related to tourism has come under scrutiny for its contribution to the ecological footprint of tourism of a destination, mostly accounted for by the dominance of air travel. This study contributes to research in this area by identifying the types of travel situations in which tourists make environmentally friendly choices about travel modes and, consequently, which types of tourism destinations should seek to develop and promote in order to minimize the environmental impact of the tourist sector on both an individual destination and global scale.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Ecological footprint; Environmentally friendly; Sustainability; Tourism transport
   
project Travel Market Switzerland
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-8-2010
journal Tourism Management
publisher Elsevier Science (Amsterdam)
ISSN 0261-5177
ISSN (online) 1879-3193
DOI 10.1016/j.tourman.2009.06.002
volume of journal 31
number of issue 4
page(s) 505-512
review double-blind review
   
citation Dolnicar, S., Laesser, C., & Matus, K. (2010). Short-haul city travel is truly environmentally sustainable. Tourism Management, 31(4), 505-512, DOI:10.1016/j.tourman.2009.06.002.