Committed to conservation: Tourism in developed and developing contexts

Renzo Cordina, Martin Gannon, Babak Taheri*, Fevzi Okumus, Sean Lochrie

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This study investigates differences in tourists' conservation commitment at developed and developing heritage sites. It examines relationships between conservation commitment and related concepts: cultural motivation, place attachment, and participation. Data was collected from two troglodyte heritage sites: Kandovan, Iran (developing) and Cappadocia, Turkey (developed). Five hundred eighteen survey responses were collected at Kandovan and 627 at Cappadocia. Partial least squares structural equation modeling was employed to perform analysis. Multigroup analysis findings indicate that direct relationships among conservation commitment, cultural motivation, place attachment, and participation were significantly higher in the developing context; encouraging industry managers to use participative feedback to stimulate conservation commitment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-336
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Early online date25 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • conservation commitment
  • cultural motivation
  • developed and developing heritage sites
  • participation
  • place attachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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