Do Tourism Firms Have Economic Incentives to Undertake Voluntary Environmental Initiatives?

  • Esther Blanco
  • Javier Lozano
  • Javier Rey-Maquieira


Sustainable development of tourism destinations is one of the growing topics in tourism literature. Initially, research on this respect focused only on the negative ecological impacts derived from tourism growth (see Hunter and Green 1995; OECD 1980 among others). Later, the discussion gained more balance between the positive and negative environmental impacts and the inclusion of the economic and social arenas in the analysis (Farrell and Twining-Ward 2004; Garrod and Fyall 1998; Hunter-Jones 1997; Hunter 1997; Rege 2000; Ritchie and Crouch 2003; WTO 1999, 2004a, b). Still, the governance arena has only tangentially been addressed, and environmental policy-making has relied on traditional policy prescriptions where public administrations are assumed to play a crucial role as central planners.

Literature on institutional analysis demonstrates that, in addition to command-and-and control initiatives, there is a wide range of alternative institutional designs for the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esther Blanco
    • 1
  • Javier Lozano
    • 1
  • Javier Rey-Maquieira
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Balearic Islands, Edifici Jovellanos Palma de MallorcaBalearsSpain

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