Do tourists really care about the animals they watch?

Elin Lilja Öqvist

Icelandic Seal Center, University of Stockholm

Has a master's degree in marine biology from Stockholm University. Wrote her master's thesis on tourist opinions on matters regarding seals in whales in Iceland, focused on the conflict between tourism and hunting. Has also worked as a whale watching guide in Iceland, and is currently working with activity development and as a nature guide for a resort on Senja in Northern Norway.


Tourist interactions with wildlife, and interpretation during wildlife watching trips, have the potential to increase conservation intentions among tourists. Tourism can also have negative impacts however as it can disturb... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Elin Lilja Öqvist (Icelandic Seal Center, University of Stockholm)
  2. Sandra Granquist (Icelandic Seal Center, Institute of Freshwater Fisheries)
  3. Anders Angerbjörn (University of Stockholm)

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Topics: Symposium


OS-E1 » Tourism, Animals and the Natural World: Part I (09:00 - Tuesday, 4th October, Tavolara Room, Santa Chiara Complex)

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