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Facilitating Transitions to Sustainable Tourism - The role of the tour operator

Budeanu, Adriana LU (2007)
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Turismindustrin är numera en av världens absolut största industrier. Den är av central betydelse för ekonomisk utveckling och arbetstillfällen i ett stort antal länder. Det finns dock en baksida: turism leder ofta till exploatering av miljön, och bidrar i många fall till sociala och kulturella problem. Dagens turismindustri är inte förenlig med hållbar utveckling och det finns ett stort behov av att utveckla nya strategier.



Denna avhandling undersöker de möjligheter som finns för att införa mer hållbara lösningar inom massturismen. Med massturism menas den turism som tar hand om stora grupper av turister och som organiseras av researrangörer (charterturism). Forskningen betonar... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

Turismindustrin är numera en av världens absolut största industrier. Den är av central betydelse för ekonomisk utveckling och arbetstillfällen i ett stort antal länder. Det finns dock en baksida: turism leder ofta till exploatering av miljön, och bidrar i många fall till sociala och kulturella problem. Dagens turismindustri är inte förenlig med hållbar utveckling och det finns ett stort behov av att utveckla nya strategier.



Denna avhandling undersöker de möjligheter som finns för att införa mer hållbara lösningar inom massturismen. Med massturism menas den turism som tar hand om stora grupper av turister och som organiseras av researrangörer (charterturism). Forskningen betonar att turismindustrin är ett system av många aktörer och undersöker de faktorer som påverkar dessa aktörer. Fokus läggs på den aktör som har störst möjlighet att genomföra förändringar, nämligen researrangörerna.



Avhandlingen diskuterar de utmaningar och möjligheter, som turismindustrin står inför. En viktig slutsats är att researrangörerna måste utveckla mer långsiktigt hållbara strategier genom förbättrad design av varor och tjänster. Om researrangörerna inte agerar riskerar de att nya aktörer blir de som utvecklar och styr de framtida turismsystemen. (Less)
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Tourism has become a leading industry in the world and continues to grow rapidly, contributing essentially to economic growth and employment in many countries. Tourism as it looks today poses serious threats to the environment and considerable social and cultural challenges. The problem addressed by this research lies in the weakness of current concepts and practices in pursuit of sustainable tourism to provide lucrative solutions for the impacts created by mass tourism. Taking a systemic approach to problem solving, this thesis aims to bring an in-depth understanding of the complex reality that underlies the dynamic transitions in systems of sustainable tourism.



Consequently, the research is focused on the role of key... (More)
Tourism has become a leading industry in the world and continues to grow rapidly, contributing essentially to economic growth and employment in many countries. Tourism as it looks today poses serious threats to the environment and considerable social and cultural challenges. The problem addressed by this research lies in the weakness of current concepts and practices in pursuit of sustainable tourism to provide lucrative solutions for the impacts created by mass tourism. Taking a systemic approach to problem solving, this thesis aims to bring an in-depth understanding of the complex reality that underlies the dynamic transitions in systems of sustainable tourism.



Consequently, the research is focused on the role of key powerful actors, as agents of change, with the overall purpose of clarifying the conditions that trigger and shape their capability to influence a systemic transition. The approach is global in its scope and considers the system as a whole capable to change under the interactions of different elements within the internal and external contexts.



Identifying key challenges and opportunities, the research concludes with the suggestion that tour operators may find prosperous directions of development in the field of innovation and sustainable service development. (Less)
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author
supervisor
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  • Professor, Councellor for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Visser, Nico, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa
organization
publishing date
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Thesis
publication status
published
subject
keywords
pollution control, Environmental technology, Samhällsvetenskaper, Social sciences, Humaniora, Humanities, Sustainable Tourism, Tour Operators, Sustainable Development, Mass Tourism, kontroll av utsläpp, Miljöteknik
pages
242 pages
publisher
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
defense location
The Aula, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University Tegnersplatsen 4, 221 00 Lund
defense date
2007-09-21 09:15
ISSN
1402-3016
ISBN
978-91-88902-40-5
language
English
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yes
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c2889299-df41-4a7b-8371-0a4ed3b2fa53 (old id 548999)
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2007-10-09 09:49:38
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