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This report examines the current and potential market for summer mountain tourism. It aims to satisfy the expectations of these markets by providing the type of experiences and activities that best meets their needs while maintaining the environmental integrity of these mountain regions. In preserving the unique resources of the mountain regions, the nature of the market must be understood in order to predict and manage impacts.

by Phillipa Thomas, Petra Triandos and Roslyn Russell

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Visitor Monitoring in Mountain Parks and Resorts: Summer Mountain Tourism, Victoria

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The need for data on the recreational use of the alpine area of Kosciuszko National Park is important for the sustainable visitor use of the highest area in Australia. Previous visitor monitoring surveys and estimations of  visitor numbers have shown significant increases in visitation between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. Over the 1999/2000 summer, a 40 day monitoring program was undertaken for the Kosciuszko alpine area by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre.

by Stuart Johnston and Andrew Growcock

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Visiting the Kosciuszko Alpine Area: Visitor Numbers, Characteristics and Activities

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Underwater cleanups are a great way to help protect the marine environment. However, there are some special considerations when cleaning up under water, especially in fragile coral reef environments.  To make this easier for reef operators, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has put together these simple guidelines.

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Good Environmental Practices: Underwater Clean-up

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In light of the rapidly growing tourism industry in the region, excessive tourist use of the dune lakes on Fraser Island could deleteriously affect their ecology and in turn, their aesthetic appeal to tourists. The findings from this research study suggest that the current level of tourist pressure on the perched dune lakes on Fraser Island is likely to have a significant long-term impact on the ecological health of these systems.

by Wade Hadwen, Angela Arthington, Stuart Bunn and Thorsten Mosisch

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Effects of Tourism on Fraser Islands Dune Lakes

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The primary aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of mountain resorts as sustainable year-round tourism destinations. To meet this aim, two studies were conducted. Firstly, an examination of the supply side perspective of mountain resort operations was seen as a useful starting point in determining the desire for and ability to provide year-round offerings at one resort in Victoria, Australia. Secondly, we explored international examples of mature mountain resorts that have evolved from single season resorts to year-round destinations.

by Philippa Thomas and Roslyn Russell

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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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Visitors are an integral element of any tourism product or service. This report provides detailed, reliable and relevant information on visitors needed to provide a sustainable tourism activity that provides a quality experience for visitors.

by Gianna Moscardo, Barbara Woods and Tanya Greenwood

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Understanding Visitor Perspectives on Wildlife Tourism

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Tourism based on viewing and interacting with coastal and marine wildlife is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia. This review provides a comprehensive description of the current marine wildlife tourism product in Australia.

by Alastair Birtles, Peter Valentine and Matthew Curnock

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Tourism Based on Free-Ranging Marine Wildlife

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A key objective of this project was to identify and map core wildlife tourism viewing opportunities across Tasmania. The resulting database includes 110 operators, 140 different wildlife tours and around 220 species.

by Lorne Kriwoken, Stuart Lennox and Claire Ellis

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Tasmanian Wildlife Tourism Inventory: Developing an Inventory of Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

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