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Tourism Ecolabelling

Tourism Ecolabelling

Certification and Promotion

Edited by X Font, Professor of Sustainability Marketing. University of Surrey, UK, R Buckley, Griffith University, Australia

March 2001 / Hardback / 392 Pages / 9780851995069 £101.99 / €128.95 / $192.50
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There is currently immense interest in measuring the sustainability of tourism in general, and of ecotourism in particular. Hitherto, it has been difficult for consumers to know whether claims of tourism destinations and products being "ecologically sustainable" are based on hard evidence. The tourism industry has therefore been developing methods to measure these objectively in the form of ecolabels.This book is the first substantial book to review this subject. Emphasis is placed on the criteria used in ecolabels to determine sustainability, the marketing of ecologically-labelled tourism products and the management of current ecolabels and awards.

  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Regulating the green message: the players in ecolabelling, Xavier Font, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • 3: Major issues in tourism ecolabelling, Ralph Buckley, Griffith University, Australia
  • Part 1: Ecolabels in Context
  • 4: Ecolabelling in the context of sustainable tourism and ecotourism, D. Diamantis Swiss Hotel Association Tourism & Hospitality Research Centre, Switzerland, & J. Westlake International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Research Bournemouth University, UK
  • 5: The consumer behaviour context of ecolabelling, Richard Sharpley, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK
  • 6: Environmental behaviour implications for tourist destinations and ecolabels, Tanja Mihalic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 7: Tourism ecolabels market research in Germany, Claudia Lübbert, University of Munich, Germany
  • Part 2: Ecolabels in Practice
  • 8: The process of developing an ecolabel, Xavier Font, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, & John Tribe, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, UK
  • 9: Pitfalls of ecolabelling, Vinod Sasidharan, The Pennsylvania State University, USA, & Xavier Font, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • 10: Ecotourism certification and evaluation: progress and prospects, Megan Epler Wood & Elizabeth Halpenny, The Ecotourism Society, USA
  • 11: Environmental management tools in Canada: ecolabelling and best practice benchmarking, Pam Wight, Pam Wight & Associates, Canada
  • 12: Ecotourism accreditation in Australia, Ralf Buckley, Griffith University, Australia
  • 13: Ecolabels for Tourism in Europe - The European Ecolabel for Tourism? Herbert Hamele, Ecotrans, Germany
  • Part 3: Tourism Ecolabels: Present and Future
  • 14: Turnover and trends in tourism ecolabels, Ralf Buckley, Griffith University, Australia
  • 15: Quality analysis of tourism ecolabels, Rolf Spittler & Ute Haak, The Academy for Environmental Research and Education in Europe, Germany
  • 16: The future belongs to international labelling schemes, Walter Kahlenborn & Attina Dominé, Ecologic, Germany
  • 17: Conclusions: a strategic analysis of tourism ecolabels, Xavier Font, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • Part 4: Information Sources
  • 18: Directory of ecolabels
"I would consider it to be an essential library acquisition for any tourism collection." Terry J. Brown, Tourism Culture and Communication, Vol 4 2003

Font Xavier Font is professor of sustainability marketing at the University of Surrey. He researches and develops methods of sustainable tourism production and consumption. He has published widely about sustainable tourism certification, and has consulted on sustainable product development, marketing and communication for UNEP, UNCTAD, UNWTO, IFC, EC, VisitEngland, Fáilte Ireland, WWF and the Travel Foundation amongst others. Since January 2019, he is the new co-editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. He has conducted over 130 courses for more than 2500 businesses on how to market and communicate sustainability, see