Factors influencing university students in conducting ecotourism

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


Purpose: This study examines the factors that influence the ecotourist behavior of university students. The understanding of what motivates these students can inform future suggestions for strategies and actions in ecotourism. Design/methodology/approach: The study was applied to university students of the University of Medellín, Colombia. It was an exploratory empirical study that surveyed a total of 696 students. Findings: The results show that students with a positive attitude toward ecology tend to be interested in nature-related activities, therefore generating an intention to engage in ecotourism. The authors found that those who view ecotourism as an activity that promotes fun and happiness tend to engage more frequently in these activities. Originality/value: This study is of great interest for research in motivational theory, specifically the analysis of personality profiles and how these relate to specific tourism behaviors. The findings of this study strongly suggest that those interested in the management and development of ecotourism should establish practices and programs that consider factors such as tourist segmentation, effective communication of the positive qualities of ecotourism and environmental stewardship involved in these activities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Tourism Futures
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Ecotourism
  • Environmental attitude
  • Free time
  • Leisure
  • University students

Product types of Minciencias

  • A1 article - Q1


Dive into the research topics of 'Factors influencing university students in conducting ecotourism'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this