What do tourism students know about sustainability and sustainable tourism? An exploratory study of Latin American students

Blanca A. Camargo, Ulrike Gretzel

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Abstract

While research has started to pay attention to the content and delivery of sustainable tourism education, little is known about what students actually know and feel with respect to sustainability. This preliminary study explores students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward sustainable tourism as well as their sense of competence and empowerment to make sustainability-related decisions. The focus was on Latin America, where tourism has caused severe negative impacts and where sustainability knowledge and skills are most needed to protect fragile natural and cultural resources. Results show that although most tourism students think sustainable tourism is important, they have limited knowledge of sustainability principles and technical aspects related to sustainable tourism. Implications for teaching are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-117
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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