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Polar bear’s death raises questions about sustainable tourism in the Arctic

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The western settlement of Longyearbyen, with a population of roughly 2,000, is the area’s main tourism hub. Currently it’s high-season, which means thousands of international tourists hungering for a glimpse of the Arctic’s natural splendor cruise on both small and large ships, occasionally disembarking for land excursions on remote islands.

On Sunday, 12 crew members from the German ship MS Bremen landed on the northern-most island of the archipelago to prepare for an on-shore excursion with passengers, according to a statement by the Svalbard governor’s office. A 42-year-old crew member was attacked by a polar bear, which was then shot and killed in what the crew member said was an act of self-defense.

The incident is being investigated by authorities, although it is possible that the crew had happened upon a starving bear.

“When you have more people coming to the same area in which the polar bears and other arctic animals live, the risk of conflict and disturbance increases — it’s more of a mathematical law,” said Morten Wedege, head of environmental protection for the governor of Svalbard. “Our challenge is to inform and educate and guide people to know how to behave in the high arctic.”

The incident sheds light on the challenges of tourism growth in the area.

Read the full article here.

By Sarah Hucal for ABC News 

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This study aims to enhance the understanding of tourist experiences and behaviour in urban destinations by analysing the spatial movements of tourists, identifying the key attributes they are seeking in urban destinations, determining how important these attributes are to their experiences, evaluating how two urban destinations performed in relation to these attributes, and assessing whether there are key differences between different types of visitors to urban destinations. The ultimate aim of this project is to inform and guide the future governance and improved functioning of urban tourism destinations by developing a better understanding of the tourist in such settings.

by Deborah Edwards, Tony Griffin, Bruce Hayllar, Tracey Dickson and Stephen Schweinsberg

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The Disproportionate Growth of Tourism, or what I would personally call “The Bucket List Phenomena”, is something affecting many countries and regions around the globe. The problem is that it is not sustainable, already sites like Angor Wat and others around the globe have too many visitors, more than they can cope with to the point where sites are getting damaged and their future sustainability threatened. Mario Hardy. Read more.

 

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This project explores a range of issues relating to the collection, analysis and evaluation of visitor satisfaction information with a view to creating operational benchmarks and decisions processes that can guide and address managerial action. The key outcome of this study is the alignment of visitor satisfaction against the organisational missions and objectives as the criteria for judging visitor satisfaction. This study also provides a methodology for developing service benchmarks and ‘dissatisfaction’ tolerance levels for various operational objectives the organisation may be pursuing.

by Shameem Ali

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Indigenous Cultural Tourism at the Grampians: Benchmarking Visitor Satisfaction at Brambuk—the National Parks and Cultural Centre

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This is the first assessment of the value of national parks, marine parks and forests for tourism and recreation in Western Australia. A case study approach was adopted and two study regions were nominated because of their significance for tourism and recreation and their endowment of natural attractions within parks, forests and marine areas. This study estimated the direct yearly tourist expenditure in two regions known for their unique natural attractions – the Southern Forest Region and the Gascoyne Coast Region.

by Jack Carlsen and David Wood

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The aim of this project was to develop and test a method to benchmark and monitor visitor satisfaction at attractions, with the potential to further refine and apply this approach to attractions in other urban destinations.

by Brent  Ritchie, Trevor Mules and Sue Uzabeaga

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This study aimed to: investigate the diversity and common features amongst bird-watching tourists; determine what bird-watchers, and sub-groupings of bird-watchers, most wish to see and do in Australia; investigate the role of the tourism industry in bird-watching and investigate bird-watchers’ opinions and practices in relation to conservation aspects.

by Ronda Green and Darryl Jones

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Practices, Needs and Attitudes of Bird-Watching Tourists in Australia

 

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This report considers the role of wildlife tourism in the Australian domestic market through a study based on a telephone interview survey of 1356 respondents from all over Australia. The aims of this study were to assess the role and significance of wildlife experiences within the Australian domestic tourism market; establish a typology of domestic wildlife tourists through market segmentation and develop market profiles; and examine motivations for and satisfaction levels with wildlife encounters amongst domestic wildlife tourists.

by Liz Fredline

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An Analysis of the Domestic Wildlife Tourism Market in Australia

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PARIS — Before arriving in the French capital, Wu Shuyun, a 56-year-old Chinese housewife, imagined Paris to be like a pristine film set for a romantic love story, picturing herself as a glamorous princess surrounded by elegant Parisians, decked out, perhaps, in Chanel.

Instead, Ms. Wu from Kunming in southwest China, said she was shocked by the cigarette butts and dog manure, the rude insouciance of the locals and the gratuitous public displays of affection. Dan Bilefsky. Read more.

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