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CABI Book Chapter

Tourism ecolabelling: certification and promotion of sustainable management.

Book cover for Tourism ecolabelling: certification and promotion of sustainable management.


The use of ecolabels and certification schemes in the tourist industry is reviewed. Over 70 schemes are described, from the developed countries of the Northern Hemisphere and Australia. Ways for widening the applicability and hence validity of these ecolables are suggested in conclusion. The book is divided into an introductory section (Chapters 1-2) and four parts. Part 1 discusses the contexts o...

Chapter 12 (Page no: 175)

Ecolabels for tourism in Europe: the European ecolabel for tourism?

A definition for sustainable tourism is sought. Next, a discussion is presented of how tourism and the environment may develop in Europe, how tourist organizations should react, and the benefits that may from tourism ecolabels are described. The following issues are addressed: tourism within the framework of sustainable development; the different ecolabels employed by accommodation services throughout Europe (Austria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxembourg, UK, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and others); the success of the ecolabels; and the impact of ecolabels on the creation of a common tourism market discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Regulating the green message: the players in ecolabelling. Author(s): Font, X.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Major issues in tourism ecolabelling. Author(s): Buckley, R. C.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 27) Ecolabelling in the context of sustainable tourism and ecotourism. Author(s): Diamantis, D. Westlake, J.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 41) The consumer behaviour context of ecolabelling. Author(s): Sharpley, R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 57) Environmental behaviour implications for tourist destinations and ecolabels. Author(s): Mihalič, T.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 71) Tourism ecolabels market research in Germany. Author(s): Lübbert, C.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 87) The process of developing an ecolabel. Author(s): Font, X. Tribe, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 105) Pitfalls of ecolabelling. Author(s): Vinod Sasidharan Font, X.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 121) Ecotourism certification and evaluation: progress and prospects. Author(s): Epler Wood, M. Halpenny, E. A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 141) Environmental management tools in Canada: ecolabelling and best practice benchmarking. Author(s): Wight, P. A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 165) Ecotourism accreditation in Australia. Author(s): Buckley, R. C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 189) Turnover and trends in tourism ecolabels. Author(s): Buckley, R. C.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 213) Quality analysis of tourism ecolabels. Author(s): Spittler, R. Haak, U.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 247) The future belongs to international ecolabelling schemes. Author(s): Kahlenborn, W. Dominé, A.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 259) Conclusions: a strategic analysis of tourism ecolabels. Author(s): Font, X.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 271) Directory of Tourism Ecolabels. Author(s): Font, X. Haas, E. Thorpe, K. Forsyth, L.