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Aims & Scope
Tourism in Marine Environments, official journal of the International Coastal and Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS), is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in coastal and marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more.
The marine environment has long been one of the most attractive settings for tourism and recreation. Marine tourism, as defined by Orams (Marine tourism: Development, impacts and management. Routledge; 1999, p. 9) includes “those recreational activities that involve travel away from one’s place of residence and which have as their host or focus the marine environment (where the marine environment is defined as those waters which are saline and tide-affected).” Thus, it includes a wide spectrum of activities, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, wind surfing, fishing, observing marine mammals and birds, the cruise ship and ferry industry, all beach activities, sea kayaking, visits to fishing villages and lighthouses, maritime museums, sailing and motor yachting, maritime events, Arctic and Antarctic tourism, and many more.
Tourism in Marine Environments aims to contribute to the process of theory building, and to be the leading source for research reports and analysis related to all forms of marine tourism. It is governed by an international editorial board consisting of experts in coastal and marine tourism, marine science, and related fields. This board coordinates most of the manuscript reviews and therefore plays a large role in setting the standards for research and publication in the field. The Editor-In-Chief receives and processes all manuscripts, from time to time modifies the editorial board, and works to ensure a continuous improvement in quality.
School of Hospitality and Tourism
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Kirin Therese Apps, Southern Cross University, Australia
Anna Carr, University of Otago, New Zealand
Carl Cater, Swansea University, UK
Peter Corkeron, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium, USA
Giacomo del Chiappa, University of Sassari, Italy
Paul Forestell, Pacific Whale Foundation, USA
Brian Garrod, Swansea University, UK
Vinicius J. Giglio, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
C. Michael Hall, Canterbury University, New Zealand
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Ross Klein, Memorial University, Canada
Anna Lewis, University of Wollongong, Australia
Kerrie Littlejohn, University of Hawaii, USA
Serena Lucrezi, North-West University, South Africa
Manue Martinez, NorthTec/Tai Tokerau Wananga, New Zealand
Gianna Moscardo, James Cook University, Australia
Sue Muloin, Southern Cross University, Australia
E. C. M. Parsons, National Science Foundation, USA
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Journal article: Schuler, A. R., & Pearson, H. C. (2019). Conservation benefits of whale watching in Juneau, Alaska. Tourism in Marine Environments, 14(4), 231–248. https://doi.org/10.3727/154427319X15719404264632
Book: Bramwell, B. (Ed.). (2003). Coastal mass tourism: Diversification and sustainable development in southern Europe. Channel View Publications.
Book chapter: Bekoff, M. (2002). Ethics and marine mammals. In W. F. Perrin, B. Wursig, & H. G. M. Thewissen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of marine mammals (pp. 398–404). Academic Press.
Internet source: Weissmann, A. (2019, October 7). Cruising’s climate challenge. Travel Weekly. https://www.travelweekly.com/Arnie-Weissmann/Cruisings-climate-challenge
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Peer review serves to evaluate the scientific work of academics and/or working in the same field to ensure trustworthy scientific research is published.
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If you review three papers for one of the Cognizant journals (Tourism Review International, Tourism Analysis, Event Management, Tourism Culture and Communication, Tourism in Marine Environments, and Gastronomy and Tourism) within a one-year period, you will qualify for a free OPEN ACCESS article in one of the above journals.
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Table of Contents:
Volume 17, Numbers 1-2
Valuation of Tourism to Protected Marine Environments – 1
Brent D. Moyle,* Char-Lee McLennan,† And Alexandra Bec‡
*Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University, Australia
†School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
‡USC Business and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
The increasing impacts of climate change on our most vulnerable protected areas has brought into focus the need for a better understanding of human–environment interactions. While it is established that visitation and place attachment can lead to conservation, the literature calls for further research into the valuation of tourism to protected marine environments, which manifest through emotional stability and environmental worldviews, how these differ across key visitor groups. Such an understanding will assist with creating support among global markets to better protect our most vulnerable environmental visitor assets. Through a survey of Australia’s key visitor markets (n = 1,225), using the iconic Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as the vulnerable protected marine environment in question, this research establishes a clear positive relationship between emotional stability and environmental worldview and the greater valuation of the GBR. Moreover, the results reveal differences in social resilience and protected area valuation across the different markets, as well as between previous and potential visitors to the GBR.
Key words: Great Barrier Reef; Environmental change; Worldview; Emotional stability; Valuation; Loyalty
Assessing Experiences in Diving Recreation and Their Relation to Proenvironmental Behavior and Attitude: A Study of Divers in South African Kelp Forests – 27
Serena Lucrezi And Michael Juan du Plessis
TREES (Tourism Research in Economics, Environs and Society), North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Recreational activities in marine environments have many benefits, such as physical and mental well-being, contact with nature, and nature connectedness. These benefits can translate into other positive outcomes, including proenvironmental behavior and attitude and ocean stewardship. Cold-water recreation including diving (scuba and free diving) is increasingly popular, yet its phenomenology is understudied. The available research, however, shows that there is great potential for cold-water diving to contribute to those benefits that can result in a “marine mindset.” This qualitative study aimed to add to the body of knowledge regarding cold-water recreation, by investigating through a blanket assessment the motivations and experiences of independent divers in the kelp forests of Cape Town, South Africa, and their putative influence on proenvironmental attitude and behavior. One hundred divers were interviewed telephonically in 2020 and 2021, and data were extracted and analyzed using both thematic and statistical analysis. Divers were motivated by experiences including hedonism; sensorial; spirituality, reverence, and gratitude; learning; connection with nature; well-being; challenge; escapism; flow; and socialization and communitas. Specific motivations and experiences resulted in proenvironmental behaviors and attitudes. The results of this study confirmed the value of kelp diving as an activity with numerous benefits to people and marine environments and were used to delineate recommendations for marketing and management that can foster the growth of cold-water diving as a sustainable form of marine-based recreation.
Key words: Phenomenology; Motivations; Conservation; Marketing; Management
Unexpected Vulnerabilities: Synthesis of Cetacean Vulnerability to Whale Watching in the Caribbean – 49
Aireona Bonnie Raschke
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Whale watching (WW) has the potential to support cetacean conservation through environmental education, and by providing economic incentives to maintain cetacean populations. In order for positive, sustainable outcomes to be fully realized, however, the industry should be designed to prevent and mitigate its negative impacts on cetaceans. Industry growth is outpacing context and species-specific research, necessitating analyses of the current knowledge base to guide the present development of WW. The Caribbean is a key region for such research due to the scale, growth rate, and variety of WW options. An index of Caribbean cetacean vulnerability to the known negative impacts of WW was developed using an in-depth literature review, as such an index could be used to inform WW decision-making at both industry and regulatory levels in conjunction with context-specific data. This analysis revealed that both target and nontarget species are vulnerable to the negative impacts of WW, and highlights the urgent need for species-specific regulations and heightened caution surrounding WW observation of calves and during breeding seasons.
Key words: Marine tourism; Cetacean conservation; Whale watching; Precautionary principle; Tourism management
Using the COM-B Model to Explore the Reasons People Attended SeaWorld San Diego Between 2015 and 2019 – 69
Jo Hockenhull,*† Suzanne Rogers,*† Harry Eckman,† and Matthew Payne†
*Human Behaviour Change for Animals (HBCA), Norwich, Norfolk, UK
†World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), Southwick, West Sussex, UK
The documentary Blackfish raised public awareness of captive cetacean welfare and concerns over attractions exhibiting orcas. Yet despite this, a substantial number of people still visit these facilities. To understand the drivers behind visiting facilities with captive orcas, an online survey was developed using human behavior change science targeting adult visitors to SeaWorld San Diego between 2015 and 2019. This facility was specifically chosen because there are also opportunities to visit wild orcas in this area. The survey incorporated closed questions, Likert scale statements derived from the COM-B model, and free-text boxes giving respondents the opportunity to explain their answers. The survey yielded 335 complete datasets. The findings were analyzed as they related to capability, opportunity, and motivation. The majority of respondents were from the US, and 55% of respondents had one or more children in their household. Many respondents expressed their desire to relive their childhood experiences at SeaWorld with their own children. Respondents seemed aware of the body of evidence that cetacean welfare was not optimal in captivity but felt that the orcas were looked after as well as they could be by facility staff. Reflective motivation, psychological capability, and physical and social opportunity all played a role in visitor attendance.
Key words: COM-B; Behavior change; Captive cetaceans; Zoo education; Zoo visitors
Segments of Tourists’ Behavioral Responses to Single-Use Plastic Waste at Beaches – 85
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
School of Tourism & Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Though single-use plastic waste remains a global challenge, there is little knowledge on tourists’ behavioral responses to single-use plastic waste. Underpinned by the value-belief-norm theory, and with a sample of 603 tourists in Ghana and analyzed with the two-step cluster technique, this study characterizes tourists’ behavioral response to single-use plastic waste. Three segments of tourists’ behavioral responses to single-use plastic waste emerged, namely leavers, swappers, and unresponsives. The leavers react to single-use plastic waste by leaving the beach and not visiting any beach at the destination while the swappers substitute the beach with others. The unresponsives are unconcerned and do not react to the presence of single-use plastic waste. The three segments are characterized by unique environmental values and some sociodemographic and travel characteristics including sex, age, educational attainment, type of tourists, and repeat visit status. The implications of these findings in the context of sustainable coastal destination management are discussed.
Key words: Coastal tourism; Marine plastic waste; Plastic waste; Reusable alternatives; Sustainability; Tourist behavior
Hosts and Guests: Surfers’ Experiences of Travel and Tourism in the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic – 103
Lindsay E. Usher
Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies, Human Movement Sciences Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people experienced travel disruptions and tourism destinations felt the economic sting of low visitor numbers. Using online interviews, this study followed 29 surfers over the course of 6 months to explore their experiences of the pandemic as travelers and hosts within tourism destinations in the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. It examines the effect of the pandemic on their travel plans, travel experiences, and tourism destinations where they lived. Many participants experienced travel disruptions and had to go through different decision-making and behavioral processes when they did travel. They also had conflicting feelings about decreased numbers of tourists at the beginning of the pandemic and when tourists began to return. The results have implications for travel companies to maintain flexible policies and the need to diversify coastal economies and possibly implement more separation between tourists and residents.
Key words: Surfers; Surf travel; Tourism destination communities; COVID-19 pandemic; Surf tourism destinations
Recent Advances in Whale-Watching Research: 2019–2020 – 113
Chelsea Gray,* Alicia R. Schuler,† and E. C. M. Parsons‡
*Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
†College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau, AK, USA
‡Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, UK
Whale-watching research encompasses a wide variety of disciplines and fields of study, from monitoring the biological impacts of whale-watching activities on cetaceans and assessments of the effectiveness of whale-watching management and regulations, to the sociological and economic aspects of whale watching. This article is the latest in a series of annual digests, which describes the variety and findings of whale-watching studies published over the past year, from June 2019 to May 2020.
Key words: Whale watching; Impacts; Regulations; Management; Whale watchers; Education; Social science; Human dimensions; Economics; Tourist satisfaction; Public opinion
Can Marine Citizen Science and Slow Tourism Be Aligned? – 121
Antonietta d’Agnessa and Serena Lucrezi
TREES (Tourism Research in Economics, Environs and Society), North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
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