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Active engagement with nature: outdoor adventure tourism, sustainability and wellbeing

Hanna, Paul, Wijesinghe, Sarah, Paliatsos, Ilias, Walker, Carl, Adams, Matthew and Kimbu, Albert (2019) Active engagement with nature: outdoor adventure tourism, sustainability and wellbeing Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 27 (9). pp. 1355-1373.

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This article draws on the conflicting arguments surrounding outdoor adventure tourism activities to determine if such activities might usefully be considered beneficial for humans and nature, and how they might offer avenues for sustainable tourism practice. Research in the field has often examined outdoor adventure activities through a lens that either highlights their negative environmental impacts or has sought to conceptualise motivations and/or experiences. In this article, we argue that through practices that are often seen as destructive, there is the possibility to think differently about human-nature relationships and pro-environmentalism. To explore these issues, we draw on data collected from a series of semi-structured interviews with outdoor adventure tourists. Our analysis highlights how outdoor adventure tourism facilitates reconnections to nature, offering potential wellbeing impacts and pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours. We conclude that outdoor adventure activities as a form of sustainable tourism have potential implications for our understanding of, and engagement with, sustainability, mental health and wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Wijesinghe, Sarah
Paliatsos, Ilias
Walker, Carl
Adams, Matthew
Date : 6 June 2019
DOI : 10.1080/09669582.2019.1621883
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sustainable Tourism on 06/06/2019, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Outdoor adventure tourism; Human-nature relationships; Eco-psychology; Sustainability; Mental health; Wellbeing
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 12 Jun 2019 08:33
Last Modified : 02 Aug 2019 07:08

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