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Determinants of sustainability of ski resorts: do size and altitude matter?

03.12.2018Comments are closed.,

Keywords:
mountain tourism,
destination choice,
ski resorts, 
sustainability management.

Authors:

  • Dr. Kir Kuščer, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
  • Dr. Larry Dwyer, Visiting Research Professor, Business School, University of Technology, Sydney Adjunct Professor, Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT), Griffith University, Australia Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract:

The study shows that larger ski resorts are capable of producing lesser environmental effect per visitor and higher altitude forces ski resorts to behave more sustainably. There is a clear indication that resorts with longer pistes and higher altitudes are more inclined to implement sustainability management practices and enjoy higher quality environments. Implications: Results advance our knowledge of ski tourism and recreation as a special interest market segment as well as its potential for policy to support sustainable mountain tourism development. Identified advantages and situational conditions to be taken into account for efficient ski resort operations are discussed. A major policy implication of the present study is that big is not always bad when managing a ski resort.

Journal:

European Sport Management Quarterly

Indexing:

SSCI;  2017 Impact Factor 1.966

The article is available here.


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