This study investigates and discusses the controversial question of whether nature-based tourists (NBTs) are more sensitive to socio-cultural and environmental resources, have different attitudes toward local products and more positive economic effects on host communities and destinations than beach tourists (BTs). In order to test these aspects, a simultaneous comparative analysis of these two types of tourist based on an a priori and activity-based segmentation was carried out. Data was collected by questionnaire at two sites in the Maremma (a costal area in southern Tuscany, Italy), each specific to the type of tourist investigated. In line with the findings of other studies, the results confirm that NBTs are older, more educated, more affluent, and more often employed in professional occupations than BTs. They also confirm the hypothesis that NBTs are more sensitive to environmental quality and have a more positive socio-economic impact. This study likewise highlights the strong role played by psychographic information in explaining tourist behavior. Three innovative findings concerning the relationship between income, education, personal commitment to the environment and tourist type are discussed at the end.
Bimonte, S. (2008). Park visitors vs beach tourists: a comparative study in an Italian coastal region. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH, 1(2), 112-127.
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|Titolo:||Park visitors vs beach tourists: a comparative study in an Italian coastal region.|
|Citazione:||Bimonte, S. (2008). Park visitors vs beach tourists: a comparative study in an Italian coastal region. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH, 1(2), 112-127.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|