Reach environmentally responsible behaviour in island tourism, in the context of Ecotourism

  • André Jardim de Freitas (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Over the years, tourism has established itself as the most prominent global industry. Studies on the impact of tourism on the environment have aroused research interest due to the saturation of natural resources. The main objective of this dissertation is to study Ecotourism in the context of islands and understand if it is a plausible solution to mitigate the adverse effects of tourism. To support the thesis, hypotheses were elaborated, which, using a quantitative approach as the primary method, were analysed for their significance. The quantitative study was carried out with resources from the questionnaire, developed through the Conceptual Framework and adapted from the previous literature. The questionnaire was posted online on social media platforms. Through the IBM SPSS Statistics 26 software, it was possible to test the hypotheses and conclude that Place Attachment, Environmental Sensitivity, has a significant effect on environmentally responsible behaviour instead of environmental knowledge that is not statistically significant.
Date of Award25 Jan 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorHelena Rodrigues (Supervisor)


  • Island tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Sustainability
  • Place attachment
  • Environmental knowledge
  • Environmental sensitivity
  • Environmentally responsible behaviour


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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