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Volunteer perceptions of an ecotourism experience a case study of ecotourism to the coral reefs of Southern Negros in the Philippines


Volunteer perceptions of an ecotourism experience a case study of ecotourism to the coral reefs of Southern Negros in the Philippines



Journal of Ecotourism 11(3): 153-172



DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2012.709248

Volunteer tourism is the focus of much activity in ecotourism provision. Yet, despite apparent altruism, volunteer motivations and expectations are underpinned by a degree of consumer self-interest; in what they expect to experience for their contributions. Such expectations centre on perceptions aroused through promotional images that stimulate a destination activity self-image. This represents counterstructure, an idealised contrast with everyday reality, which performs a decisive role in tourism purchases. Herein, flights, accommodation, etc. become subsidiary to the perceived meta-cognitive character of the volunteer-ecotourist experience. However, disparities in this perception between volunteer and producer and actual experience produced can threaten the ecocentricity of tourist host environment interaction. This undermines conservation and developmental efforts by resulting in egocentric spatial over-consumption as consumers and producers pursue destination exclusivity elsewhere. The importance of.

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