Do gender and nationality affect attitudes towards tourism and the environment?

Robert Douglas McKercher, Sharon F.H. Pang, Bruce Prideaux

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This study examines whether gender and home economy influence attitudes towards tourism and the environment. Students enrolled in senior undergraduate and first-year postgraduate tourism and hospitality subjects from eight economies are studied. Previous research on environmental attitudes has focused on either gender or home nationality, but has rarely examined the interrelationship between the two, and none has focused explicitly on attitudes to tourism and the environment. The study concluded that nationality mitigates attitudes among women much more than it does among men. The authors also conclude that general environmental attitudes are well formed, but tourism-related environmental attitudes are often contradictory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-300
Number of pages35
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011


  • Environmental attitudes
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Tourism attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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