Defining sustainable transport in rural tourism: experiences from the New Forest.

Dickinson, J. E., Smith, A. and Robbins, D. K., 2017. Defining sustainable transport in rural tourism: experiences from the New Forest. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2017.1401633

Abstract

Transport policy agendas have long sought to bring about more sustainable transport at tourism destinations. While there are examples of successes, it remains unclear what inroads have been made towards creating a sustainable transport future. Policy directions have evolved over a number of years and in many tourism destination contexts it is far from clear what a desirable transport future looks like. When translated to implementation, the aims of initiatives can be unclear and baseline measures inconsistent, making success difficult to judge. This paper analyses how sustainable travel has been implemented in practice at a destination level. The focus is rural tourism and data are derived from a specific case, the New Forest National Park, UK, where a wide range of transport initiatives have been implemented since the Park’s designation in 2005. The study adopts a social practice theory perspective. Data are derived from a visitor survey, interviews and observations. It finds there is scope to improve sustainable transport provision at destinations through understanding visitor practices, but limited scope to influence meanings associated with visitor travel and travel skills. Policy meets the needs of some visitors more than others.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0966-9582
Additional Information:Funded by Creating sustainable transport experiences in the context of rural tourism: the New Forest travel experience
Uncontrolled Keywords:rural tourism; sustainable travel; social practices; national parks
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:30009
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:27 Nov 2017 14:30
Last Modified:27 Nov 2017 14:32

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