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Back to nature: Festivalgoer environmental beliefs and camping experience at non-urban festivals

David Gration (School of Business, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia; AND University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia)
Maria Raciti (School of Business, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia)
Gabby Walters (School of Business, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 19 October 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore festivalgoer/camper perceptions of and responses to the non-urban festival service environment (blended festivalscape).

Design/methodology/approach

For this exploratory study a quantitative approach was adopted. A self-administered online survey was administered to recipient members of an Australian non-urban festival e-newsletter database resulting in 398 usable responses from festival campers.

Findings

Environmental beliefs held by festival campers’ influenced their perceptions of naturescape, socialscape and overall satisfaction. Festival campers’ who attended more than once were found to have stronger pro-environmental beliefs than those who attended once. Festival camper perception of naturescape has a positive moderating influence leading to greater overall satisfaction and the likelihood of repeat attendance and positive word-of-mouth.

Research limitations/implications

It is very important to know how festivalgoers perceive and relate to their festival service environment. Critical to the appeal and success of the non-urban festival is the alignment of festivalgoer environmental beliefs to the natural setting in which they are held. Limitations include use of a single case study context.

Originality/value

This paper responds to lack of research on non-urban festivals when compared to urban festivals and the surprisingly little interest shown in the central role of natural settings and the camping experience. A closer understanding of the environmental beliefs of campers at non-urban festivals has the potential to provide beneficial outcomes for people, profit and planet.

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Acknowledgements

Sincere thanks go to the staff and management of the Woodford Folk Festival for their assistance.

Citation

Gration, D., Raciti, M. and Walters, G. (2015), "Back to nature: Festivalgoer environmental beliefs and camping experience at non-urban festivals", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 282-302. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-02-2015-0008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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