Developing countries and tourism ecolabels

Vinod Sasidharan, Ercan Sirakaya, Deborah Lee Kerstetter

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Abstract

The provision of ecolabels to environmentally sensitive tourism enterprises is currently being practiced in developed nations in an attempt to protect the natural capital through improvements in existing environmental standards within the industry. The tourism industry in developing countries could soon follow suit by championing the utilization of internationally recognized ecolabeling schemes as a strategy for environmental management, and for setting the course for the environmentally compatible development of the industry. The achievement and promotion of internationally recognized environmental awards would be instrumental to the tourism enterprises of developing countries in marketing their services to high spending, environmentally conscious western tourists. This paper provides a conceptual analysis of the feasibility of adopting ecolabeling schemes for certifying tourism enterprises in developing countries. Key issues and potential barriers that could hinder the ecolabeling process in developing countries are discussed and testable propositions are developed to guide future research for evaluating the effectiveness of tourism ecolabels in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-174
Number of pages14
JournalTourism Management
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 2002

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environmental standards
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environmental management
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tourist
sustainable development
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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Sasidharan, V., Sirakaya, E., & Kerstetter, D. L. (2002). Developing countries and tourism ecolabels. Tourism Management, 23(2), 161-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0261-5177(01)00047-4
Sasidharan, Vinod ; Sirakaya, Ercan ; Kerstetter, Deborah Lee. / Developing countries and tourism ecolabels. In: Tourism Management. 2002 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 161-174.
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Sasidharan V, Sirakaya E, Kerstetter DL. Developing countries and tourism ecolabels. Tourism Management. 2002 Feb 16;23(2):161-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0261-5177(01)00047-4