Travel, tourism, climate change and behavioral change: travelers’ perspectives from a developing country, Nigeria.

Dickson Dillimono, H. and Dickinson, J. E., 2014. Travel, tourism, climate change and behavioral change: travelers’ perspectives from a developing country, Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23 (3), pp. 437-454.

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DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2014.957212

Abstract

While studies have examined people's understanding of climate change and its relationship to tourism, these focus largely on developed country populations. Much future tourism growth will come from developing countries following economic development; often countries where climate change will be strongly felt. Do tourists from developing countries have the same knowledge gaps about travel, tourism, and climate change as in the developed world? Will behavioral change policies be successful in encouraging more environmentally friendly approaches to climate change and tourism in developing countries? This paper presents findings from 20 in-depth interviews with active Nigerian tourists, analyzing their understanding of climate change, the links known, or not, between their travel and climate change, and their willingness to change their tourism patterns. Understanding of climate change was limited and there was conceptual confusion. Participants did not view their own travel as a cause of climate change and many were embedded in air travel practice. Participants were unwilling to change their tourism patterns to reduce their contribution to climate change. Significant structural barriers limit low carbon tourism travel in Nigeria (and other developing countries), including reliability, availability safety, and speed. Behavioral change will be difficult to achieve.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0966-9582
Uncontrolled Keywords:climate change, Nigerian tourists, social practices, behavioral change, developing countries
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:21798
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Mar 2015 11:43
Last Modified:04 Apr 2016 15:54

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