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Understanding Urban Tourism Impacts: An Australian Study 

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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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Host Community Perceptions of the Impact of Events: A Comparison of Different Event Themes in Urban and Regional Communities

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This report provides the findings from a comparative study of the social impacts of three events located in different regions and differentiated by theme. The three events were the Australian Grand Prix, the Moomba Festival, and the Horsham Art Is… Festival. The key objective of this report was to examine host community perceptions of event impacts across a range of events and host communities, specifically a comparison of different themed events in the same community, and a comparison of similar themed events in different sized communities.

by Liz Fredline, Marg Deery and Leo Jago

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Host Community Perceptions of the Impact of Events: A Comparison of Different Event Themes in Urban and Regional Communities

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This project aimed to identify sites on the Victorian bank of the Murray River where community values indicate that either further conservation is desired or where development is acceptable. Since the region is under pressure from population and tourism growth and a diversity of land uses, the Victorian government is considering the use of public land and the appropriateness of access to commercial and community activities. In this study, questionnaire surveys were sent to a representative sample of residents, visitors and tour operators asking them to indicate their preferences for future development and show locations of a range of values including biological, scenic, economic, recreation, therapeutic and wilderness and sites for future tourism or residential growth. Spatial analysis of the survey data using GIS revealed the locations of particular importance. On the basis of modelling using these values, these locations were predicted to be national/state parks.

by Sharron L. Pfueller, Xuan Zhu, Paul Whitelaw, Caroline Winter

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Spatial Mapping of Community Values for Tourism Planning and Conservation in the Murray River Reserves, Victoria, Australia

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Heritage managers are increasingly expected to use tourism as a source of revenue to maintain heritage properties. Many of these individuals and organisations have little or no skills in business/tourism planning or financial management. This report outlines approaches that can assist with the development of heritage tourism across a region including use of a thematic framework to link heritage places, stories and practices together. The report includes a list of currently available resources at the time of publication of this report.

by Tod Jones, Michael Hughes, Vicki Peel, David Wood and Warwick Frost
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Mansfield Shire Council has committed to the EarthCheck Sustainable Communities initiative (formally known as Green Globe) to benchmark our  environmental and social performance and develop a shared vision for the future.    This case study outlines the environmental strategy and benchmarking data designed to empower the community and create a sustainable future.

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Lane Cove River Tourist Park aims to operate an ethical and profitable business that is sustainable, without destroying or depleting natural resources and the natural environment, polluting the environment or taking from the local community and indigenous culture.

by EarthCheck Pty Ltd

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Dart River Jet Safaris operates in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque mountainous wilderness areas, on the outskirts of Queenstown. While jet boating requires the use of fossil fuels in order to power the boats, this Maori owned and operated company leverages advancements in fuel injection technologies, and driver training.

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Centro Banamex (Banamex), which is Mexico City’s premier entertainment and exhibition centres, has established itself as one of Mexico’s most environmentally sustainable enterprises and as such, it actively encourages partners, suppliers, clients and visitors to participate in eco-friendly, socially responsible practices.

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Alila Villas Soori is a beachfront five-star resort located along the southwest coast of Bali, within the Tabanan Regency, one of the island’s most fertile and picturesque regions. One of the primary goals of the owner and developer was to ensure that the resort was planned, designed and constructed in an ecologically sensitive manner.

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This benchmarking report shines the spotlight on Mexico’s Bahías de Huatulco, which is the first sustainable community in the Americas, and the third worldwide to be recognised by EarthCheck.

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Bahías de Huatulco, Mexico

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