Current Research in Psychology

Understanding Preferences for Nature Based and Sustainable Tourism: The Role of Personal Values and General and Specific Environmental Attitudes

Paola Passafaro, Francesca Cini, Vittoria Diaco, Ornella Schirru, Aurora Boison, Virginia Gasparri and Simona Giannantoni

DOI : 10.3844/crpsp.2015.1.14

Current Research in Psychology

Volume 6, Issue 1

Pages 1-14

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a study which investigated the social psychological correlates of people’s preferences for sustainable and unsustainable tourism activities. Two-hundred-eighty-two participants from two Italian cities responded to a questionnaire which recorded their tourism preferences, their general pro-environmental attitudes and values and their specific attitudes towards sustainable tourism. Results showed positive correlations among the constructs considered. Groups of participants differing in their tourism preferences were also identified and the paper discusses the way in which the social psychological variables considered here may be used to plan adequate strategies and management instruments able to address crucial issues of sustainability in tourism, including, for example, tourists’ ecological behaviours “on site” and their educational needs.

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© 2015 Paola Passafaro, Francesca Cini, Vittoria Diaco, Ornella Schirru, Aurora Boison, Virginia Gasparri and Simona Giannantoni. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.