Tourist attitudes towards water use in the developing world: A comparative analysis

S.J. Page, S. Essex, S. Causevic

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This paper examines tourists' attitudes towards water use based on comparative data from interviews with tourists in Zanzibar, The Gambia and Dominican Republic. Unsustainable water use, accentuated by climate change, threatens access to water which potentially forms a source of conflict between tourists, tourism businesses, residents and the environment. Additionally it raises issues about rights of access to water. The results emphasise the actual nature and scale of tourist use of water and their lack of awareness of the impacts of this use on the local environment and community. This lack of awareness becomes an added indicator of the growing unsustainability of tourism in certain destinations and needs to be considered alongside the longer-term scenarios of climate change. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalTourism Management Perspectives
Early online date8 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


  • water use
  • comparative analysis
  • developing countries
  • Tourists' attitudes
  • Tourists' behaviors


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