The purpose of this study was to gain information from tourists about their experience with ecotourism on Kauai, Hawaii, and how this experience shapes their behaviors as tourists in the future. The data collected addressed if the tourists felt they would increase or decrease their future consumption of responsible tourism experiences and how these experiences impacted their behavioral intentions as tourists in general. The literature reviewed in the areas of responsible tourism, ecotourism, and mass tourism showed that there is still a lack of knowledge about tourists’ perspectives, attitudes and behaviors within these areas in Hawaii. This paper added to the body of knowledge on responsible tourism which resulted in advancement in the area of ecotourism, specifically focused on Kauai, Hawaii. The increased tourism demand and lack of research on ecotourism, and responsible tourism in general, created a definite need for further exploration to thus optimize any strategies for implementation which will help positively impact the economy and conservation efforts on Kauai, Hawaii. This paper describes the current tourism situation on Kauai and why forms of responsible tourism, such as ecotourism, are a better alternative to mass tourism.
|Advisor:||Richmond, Laurel P.|
|Commitee:||D’Eloia, Melissa, Fulthorp, Keith, Zhao, Shengnan|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Recreation and Leisure Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Ecotourism, Hawaii, Kauai, Nature-based tourism, Responsible tourism, Sustainablility|
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