Stanford, Davina and Guiver, Jo W (2016) Driving pro-environmental change in tourist destinations: encouraging sustainable travel in National Parks via partnership project creation and implementation. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 24 (3). pp. 484-505. ISSN 0966-9582
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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2015.1122018
This paper explores a key challenge in introducing more sustainable transport practices at destinations: achieving modal shift in visitor travel from cars to physically active or public transport to reduce tourism’s environmental impacts. It centres on using partnership led projects bringing together the many public and private sector organisations involved, to drive destination change and development. To date, research has centred on pro-environmental change for individuals and individual organisations: little is known about the mechanisms of pro-environmental change via complex multi-partner organisations. The paper reports research into the processes involved in successful projects to provide alternatives to car travel in three UK National Parks by using partnerships to obtain funding and implement change. Based on case studies informed by in-depth interviews with key stakeholders involved in pro-environmental change implementation, narratives are analysed to explain the change process, and mapped against existing literature and theories of change. Conclusions show the role of inspired individuals, supportive senior management, strong governance, better visitor experiences and, most significantly, communication, and communication of the benefits of change to stakeholders. The research suggests why and how change occurs in partnerships, contributes to better theories of change, and offers guidance on understanding and implementing change processes worldwide.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Sustainable visitor transport; change management; destination partnerships; pro-environmental behaviours; national parks; protected areas|
|Subjects:||N - Business & administrative studies > N870 - Recreation & leisure studies|
N - Business & administrative studies > N850 - Transport studies
|Schools:||Faculty of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Management|
|Deposited By:||Jo W Guiver|
|Deposited On:||26 Nov 2015 14:26|
|Last Modified:||04 Mar 2017 18:56|
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