Presenter Bios

Ms. AJ Templeton is a second year doctoral student at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Her academic research interests are aligned with drive tourism, agritourism, sustainability, and niche sectors of the lodging industry.

Dr. Alan Fyall is Orange County Endowed Professor of Tourism Marketing at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida. He has published widely in the field of tourism and destination marketing, is the author of over 150 articles and 19 books and Editor of the Journal of Destination Marketing & Management.

Dr. Jill Fjelstul is an Associate Professor and Director of Hospitality in Sports at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management and the editor of the Journal of Tourism Insights. Her academic research interests are aligned with the RV industry, drive tourism, and golf and club management.

Dr. Sevil Sönmez is Professor in the Department of Tourism, Events, and Attractions in the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at UCF. Her research is interdisciplinary and applied and delves broadly into tourism management and the nexus of leisure, work, and health. Dr. Sönmez’s current work focuses on the health-promotive role of vacations, including links between US labor policy, mandated vacations, and public health; occupational health of tourism and accommodation sector workers; travel and tourism health risk management and mitigation; and links between health, risk, and destination sustainability.

Abstract

This study evaluates the sustainability of a number of existing drive-tourism routes and determines how likely each are to impact on future changes to drive tourism, drive tourism destinations and the drive tourist. Exploratory in nature, the study builds upon an existing framework by Fjelstul and Fyall (2015) with usage of a qualitative approach to interpret and compare data gleaned from a content analysis of various web sites connected to notable drive tourism routes across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. The study concludes that green infrastructure is beginning to surface as a reality rather than an utopian ideal with a number of destinations beginning to recognize the growing number of fully-electric vehicles on the road and the infrastructure necessary to support them.

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The Emergence of Green Drive Tourism: A Comparative Study of Existing Drive Tourism Routes

This study evaluates the sustainability of a number of existing drive-tourism routes and determines how likely each are to impact on future changes to drive tourism, drive tourism destinations and the drive tourist. Exploratory in nature, the study builds upon an existing framework by Fjelstul and Fyall (2015) with usage of a qualitative approach to interpret and compare data gleaned from a content analysis of various web sites connected to notable drive tourism routes across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. The study concludes that green infrastructure is beginning to surface as a reality rather than an utopian ideal with a number of destinations beginning to recognize the growing number of fully-electric vehicles on the road and the infrastructure necessary to support them.