Comprehensive and Minimalist Dimensions of Ecotourism

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Title Comprehensive and Minimalist Dimensions of Ecotourism
Author Weaver, David B.
Journal Name Annals of Tourism Research
Editor John Tribe
Year Published 2005
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Analysis of core criteria of ecotourism suggests two “ideal types” based on the level of sustainability outcomes. The minimalist emphasizes superficial learning opportunities focused on charismatic megafauna, while its sustainability objectives are site-specific and status quo-oriented. The comprehensive model adopts a holistic and global approach to attractions and interpretation that fosters environmental enhancement, deep understanding, and transformation of behavior. It is argued that the comprehensive model can best promote global sustainability by accommodating selected hard (or small-scale) and soft (or large-scale) characteristics, thereby taking advantage of the economies of scale offered by the latter.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2004.08.003
Volume 32
Issue Number 2
Page from 439
Page to 455
ISSN 0160-7383
Date Accessioned 2008-08-11
Date Available 2009-11-09T01:27:37Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Tourism Management; PRE2009-Tourism Policy and Planning
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26489
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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