Eco‐tourism Certification – Does it Make a Difference? A Comparison of Systems from Australia, Costa Rica and Sweden

  title={Eco‐tourism Certification – Does it Make a Difference? A Comparison of Systems from Australia, Costa Rica and Sweden},
  author={Hanne Haaland and {\O}ystein Aas},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism},
  pages={375 - 385}
  • H. Haaland, Ø. Aas
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Business
  • Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism
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