Post-trip philanthropic intentions of nature-based tourists in Galapagos

Nicole M. Ardoin, Mele Wheaton, Carter A. Hunt, Janel S. Schuh, William H. Durham

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Researchers and practitioners often highlight the potential for nature-based tourism and environmental conservation to function symbiotically, with favourable outcomes for visitors and the environment alike. This paper draws on data from two sets of passengers on weeklong cruises in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to explore philanthropic intentions resulting from such nature-based tourism experiences. Our findings suggest that the Galapagos experience fosters enjoyment of the environment, new knowledge about that environment, an affective connection with the environment and the local wildlife, and an interest in sharing those connections with others - trip characteristics that are related with intentions to philanthropically support environmental conservation in the Galapagos. Visitors in this study also exhibited values that related to the amounts they were willing to donate in support of a philanthropic fund for the islands conservation needs. This study contributes to the emerging scholarship on travel-related conservation behaviour and travel philanthropy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Ecotourism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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