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Local Infrastructure in Australian Tourist Destinations: Modelling Tourism Demand, and Estimating Costs of Water Provision and Operation

Categories: Case Study, Infrastructure, Oceania, Pacific, Survey, Visitors, Waste, Water
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This research investigates and reviews the options available to fund, provide and operate water and wastewater infrastructure to meet growing tourism needs. This includes identification of costs associated with tourist use of infrastructure and peak capacity requirements. The major benefits include better knowledge and understanding of tourist demands, and the need for water and wastewater infrastructure and analytical tools, enabling councils and other authorities to quantify present and future tourist demands, infrastructure requirements to meet demand, and the associated costs of infrastructure provision and operation.

by Michael AP Taylor, Simon Beecham, Nicholas Holyoak and Ali Hassanli

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Understanding Urban Tourism Impacts: An Australian Study 

Categories: Community, Oceania, Residents, Survey, Visitors
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The study set out to better understand the perceptions and attitudes of urban host communities toward tourists and tourism, and to understand the impacts that were of most concern to these communities in major cities. Outlined below is a summary of key findings from the local government focus groups and community survey.

by Deborah Edwards, Tony Griffin, Bruce Hayllar and Brent Ritchie

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International Convention Site Selection: A further Analysis of Factor Importance Using Best-Worst Scaling

Categories: Case Study, Management, Planning, Survey
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The principal aim of this study was to evaluate the relative importance of convention site selection factors in the context of the competition for the hosting of international association conventions. The international conventions industry has grown considerably. For major cities, particularly, this market represents a major part of their tourism planning and marketing activity. Yet, other than anecdotal information, little research  has examined which destination attributes account for the majority of a convention destination’s competitiveness. This study surveyed a sample of international meeting planners in order to add to this knowledge.

by Geoffrey I. Crouch and Jordan J. Louviere

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International Convention Site Selection: A further Analysis of Factor Importance Using Best-Worst Scaling

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This study sought to gain insight to international students studying on the Gold Coast. In particular, data were obtained on student needs and perceptions on a range of attributes associated with a study destination. Similarly, the study investigated students’ participation in tourism activities while at the destination. Finally, information on what students spend their money on was also sought. A questionnaire was developed based on relevant  literature and preliminary focus groups. The final questionnaire was distributed to commencing international students studying at Griffith University in 2003.

by Beverley Sparks, Liz Fredline and Chelsea Northrope

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Study Tourism on the Gold Coast 2003

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Self-Drive Tourism: Travellers to South Australia’s Limestone Coast Region

Categories: Case Study, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Oceania, Pacific, Survey, Visitors
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The objectives of this study were to generate a reliable and valid instrument to evaluate visitor satisfaction with self-drive tourism; evaluate alternative methods to survey self-drive tourists; provide information about the attributes that influence satisfaction levels of self-drive tourists; provide information about the benefits sought and attained by self-drive tourists; and provide information to assist product development and marketing initiatives related to self-drive tourism. The pilot study (Survey A) included the design and trialling of a questionnaire to examine satisfaction with drive tourism. Feedback from this pilot study informed adaptations to a questionnaire that was distributed to a larger sample of self-drive tourists (Surveys B and C).

by Gary Howat, Graham Brown and Heather March

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Self-Drive Tourism: Travellers to South Australia's Limestone Coast Region

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This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Centre’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas.  In this manual three methods (including indicators, protocols and proformas) are presented for surveying and monitoring walking tracks based on a desktop evaluation of methods used overseas and in Australia  and field testing of methods by researchers.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Manual for Assessing Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

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This study explores the motivations, attitudes and behaviours of tourists on themed touring routes (trails) in  Queensland and Tasmania, Australia. The results provide insight into the travellers, their preferred holiday style, motivation, patterns of planning, travel and en route behaviour, use of themed touring routes and their views on destinations. Important differences were found to exist between the touring groups in the two states.

by Anne Hardy, Bill Carter, Bob Beeton, Mark Olsen and Louise Horneman

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Regional Touring Route Travellers: Users Motivations, Attitudes and Behaviours in Queensland and Tasmania

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This is the second edition of the State of the Tourism Industry report and, like the first, the aim is to provide an overview of the tourism industry in Australia through the reporting of key indicators augmented by expert commentary provided by a range of representatives from the various sectors which contribute to tourism. The report was produced in partnership with the National Tourism Alliance (NTA). This year, for the first time, a survey of operators was also undertaken with the assistance of the NTA  who distributed the online questionnaire through their member organisations. The survey asked operators to rate the issues that had been identified in the previous year’s report in terms of the impact each was having on their sector and region.

by Liz Fredline, Leo Jago and Sheena Day

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State of the Tourism Industry 2006

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The first section of this report, the literature review, outlines the major components of research diffusion and diffusion theory including innovation development, decision-making processes and adopter categories. The second and third sections of the report will outline the research methods and survey results. The final section of the report will provide an analysis and discussion of the survey results and the implications these have for the STCRC.

 

by Chris Cooper, Leo Jago, Jack Carlsen and Lisa Ruhanen
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Although food and wine is an important dimension of the tourism industry, little research has been conducted into the nature or role of restaurant experiences in adding to the tourism product. This study delves into the beliefs, values and attitudes of consumers to ascertain what they value and why.

by Beverley Sparks, Karen Wildman, John Bowen
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