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Sustainable tourism among swedish tourism service providers : easy to say but difficult to implement

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Subtitle: easy to say but difficult to implement

Author list: VON FRIEDRICHS Y, SÖRENSSON A, SÖRENSSON A, VON FRIEDRICHS Y

Publication year: 2016

Start page: 309

End page: 321

Number of pages: 13

ISSN: 1476-1297

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2016.078700


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The research objective of this study was to investigate and analyse how Swedish tourism service providers present their work with sustainability. Data was collected from 48 randomly selected tourism service providers in Sweden, ranging from micro and small to medium-sized tourism service providers. The 48 different tourism service providers also offer different types of tourism services (e.g. tourist agency, stay, do and travel). The results show that the issues of sustainable tourism are present but that the scope is fairly small; focus is mainly on economic sustainability. There are some micro tourism service providers that are strongly focused on all three dimensions of sustainably, often offering some kind of nature-based tourism attraction. The medium-sized and small tourism service providers address the issues of environmental sustainability but in reality there is little action; sustainable tourism is more of a buzzword for the Swedish tourism service providers than concrete action.


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