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Eyes wide shut? UK consumer perceptions on aviation climate impacts and travel decisions to New Zealand

Cohen, SA and Higham, JES (2011) Eyes wide shut? UK consumer perceptions on aviation climate impacts and travel decisions to New Zealand Current Issues in Tourism, 14 (4). pp. 323-335.

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The purview of climate change concern has implicated air travel, as evidenced in a growing body of academic literature concerned with aviation CO2 emissions. This article assesses the relevance of climate change to long haul air travel decisions to New Zealand for United Kingdom consumers. Based on 15 semi-structured open-ended interviews conducted in Bournemouth, UK during June 2009, it was found that participants were unlikely to forgo potential travel decisions to New Zealand because of concern over air travel emissions. Underpinning the interviewees’ understandings and responses to air travel’s climate impact was a spectrum of awareness and attitudes to air travel and climate change. This spectrum ranged from individuals who were unaware of air travel’s climate impact to those who were beginning to consume air travel with a 2 ‘carbon conscience’. Within this spectrum were some who were aware of the impact but not willing to change their travel behaviours at all. Rather than implicating long haul air travel, the empirical evidence instead exemplifies changing perceptions towards frequent short haul air travel and voices calls for both government and media in the UK to deliver more concrete messages on air travel’s climate impact.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Cohen, SA
Higham, JES
Date : 2011
DOI : 10.1080/13683501003653387
Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in Current Issues in Tourism, 14(4), 323-335 (2011). Current Issues in Tourism is available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 19 Mar 2012 11:42
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:28

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