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Climate change, discretionary air travel and the ‘flyers’ dilemma’

Higham, JES, Cohen, SA and Cavaliere, CT (2014) Climate change, discretionary air travel and the ‘flyers’ dilemma’ Journal of Travel Research, 53 (4). pp. 462-475.

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Abstract

The ‘flyers’ dilemma’ describes the tension that now exists between the personal benefits of tourism and the climate concerns associated with high levels of personal aeromobility. This article presents the first international comparative analysis of attitudes towards climate change and discretionary air travel, providing insights into areas of convergence and divergence across three European societies - Norway, the United Kingdom and Germany. Employing a critical interpretive approach and drawing upon 48 indepth semi-structured interviews, we document evidence of widespread neglect of the ‘flyers’ dilemma’. Our comparative analysis confirms that although current discretionary air travel practices are deeply embedded and resistent to change, attitudes towards the climate crisis and barriers to behaviour change offer points of important contrast between different societies. Efforts to reformulate excessive discretionary air travel in response to accelerating global climate change must accommodate the unique issues and contrasting perspectives that exist in sections of these socieites. Keywords: Climate change, discretionary air travel, ‘flyers’ dilemma’, attitudes, behavior change.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Higham, JESUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cohen, SAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cavaliere, CTUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2014
Identification Number : 10.1177/0047287513500393
Uncontrolled Keywords : air travel, climate change, tourism mobilities
Additional Information : Published in Journal of Travel Research, 53 (4) 2014. Copyright 2014 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Mar 2015 12:42
Last Modified : 01 Apr 2015 13:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/782524

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