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Exploring the neglected voices of children in sustainable tourism development: A comparative study in six European tourist destinations

Exploring the neglected voices of children in sustainable tourism development: A comparative study in six European tourist destinations

Koščak, Marko, Knežević, Mladen, Binder, Daniel, Pelaez-Verdet, Antonio, Işik, Cem, Mićić, Vladimir, Borisavljević, Katarina and Šegota, Tina ORCID: 0000-0001-7994-1396 (2021) Exploring the neglected voices of children in sustainable tourism development: A comparative study in six European tourist destinations. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0966-9582 (Print), 1747-7646 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2021.1898623)

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Abstract

For years, sustainable tourism has commanded the attention of academics and practitioners given its achievement through participatory planning. However, much research in the area has neglected to consider all voices of those (i.e., children) affected by tourism. This study, employing a post-test only experimental design, addresses this gap by including the voices of 498 children from six diverse European destinations concerning perceptions of tourism. Results show that children are willing to express their opinions given the opportunity. Moreover, their attitude towards tourists is negative, while they perceive locals to hold a subordinate position to tourists. In general, this study offers insight into children’s attitudes to tourism from the host perspective, demonstrating that there is a unique insider’s perspective that needs further research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children; sustainable tourism; resident attitudes; experiment; involvement
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 20:30
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31905

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