This report focuses on the concept and operation of sustainable tourism precincts in rural and regional areas. The successful development of new precincts and efficient maintenance of existing ones require the appreciation and implementation of a complex range of skills applied to a wide variety of interconnected issues. These include community dynamics, tangible physical infrastructure, the intangible characteristics and values of place, and understandings of sustainability. The study aims to improve understanding of rural and regional tourism precincts by:
- providing a useful working definition of a precinct;
- identifying the major issues of precinct development and maintenance;
- summarising the theoretical and practical state of knowledge of these issues and identify ‘gaps’ in both knowledge and practice;
- recommending areas of future action on precincts and precinct planning.
by Catriona McLeod, Gregory Nolan and Margaret Bartholomew