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Energetic Tourism: Exploring The Experience Quality Of Renewable Energies As A New Sustainable Tourism Market

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ST100061

Volume

139

Pages

14

Page Range

55 - 68

Published

2010

Size

3692 kb

Author(s)

A. Jiricka, B. Salak, R. Eder, A. Arnberger & U. Pröbstl

Abstract

To tackle the global problem of climate change, it will be crucial that the global economic system adopts energy-saving measures and furthers its reliance on renewable energy sources. This challenge is particularly relevant for the tourism industry, which depends on transportation by definition, and is highly dependent on resources and energy in many other regards. Tourism can quickly be caught in a vicious cycle: the necessity to adapt to climate change, i.e. by increasing artificial snow making, or new product development as exemplified by the \“wellness-boom”, leads to ever higher rates of energy consumption, thus further contributing to climate change. However, the fledgling human explorations towards combating climate change and increasing energy efficiency also offer innovative opportunities for exploring new niches of tourism. This paper presents how such novel tourism opportunities avail themselves around the theme of renewable and sustainable energy use. Combining environmental education and experiencing novel products can be used for marketing a fundamentally new tourism product, which attracts both the technologically interested tourism segment and the family-oriented traveler. This may lead to positive perception of climate change adaptation strategies. A summary of \“model” energy regions in Central Europe describes the typical characteristics that regions must have for possibly developing these innovative tourism niches. The main focus of the paper is on \“eco-energy region” of Guessing, Burgenland, which is involved in an on-going transnational research project -for sustainable tourism development in Central Europe (Interreg IVB). The area around Austria’s only energy self sufficient city

Keywords

experience-oriented tourism, niche tourism, tourism product, energytourism, tourism marketing, tourism demand, rural tourism, tourism development, area in transition, renewable energy