An assessment of convention tourism's potential contribution to environmentally sustainable growth

Park, Eerang and Boo, Soyoung (2010) An assessment of convention tourism's potential contribution to environmentally sustainable growth. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 18 (1). pp. 95-113. ISSN 0966-9582

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The tourism literature contains substantial discussions on how increasing numbers of attendees and conventions at a destination contributes to the local economy, but there is limited research on the environmental impact of the concomitant increases in air and other travel, and other activity increases in energy and other resource use. This research
assesses the current environmental position of the convention industry in the United States and formulates suggestions for future direction in regard to “green” concepts by examining and comparing the perceptions, attitudes, and behavioral intentions of three groups of convention stakeholders: convention attendees, meeting planners, and convention suppliers. This empirical study recognizes the critical problem of inadequate understanding of the environmental impact of convention activities and the lack of knowledge regarding ecological convention practices. It shows that the perception of environmental impact among the three groups varies depending on which environmentally friendly practices are available to each group. It discusses the background to – and the implications of – the emotional formation of decisions and self-motivation based on positive attitudes and the strong intention to adopt green management practices agreed
to by convention stakeholders.

Keywords:convention tourism, environmental impact, environmental attitude, behavioral intention, ecolabel, codes of conudct
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N820 Event Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N810 Travel Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:12001
Deposited On:01 Oct 2013 09:03

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