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All tourism destinations might be expected to experience damage from an extreme natural event (ENE) at some point in time. ENEs are predicted to increase in both frequency and intensity along the east coast of Australia as global climate change continues. Even if the scenarios of climate change do not eventuate as we think, ENEs are a feature of the environment, and much can be gained from reviewing what we have experienced and how we have coped.

by Alison Specht

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Extreme Natural Events and Effects on Tourism: Central Eastern Coast of Australia

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This study originated from a research program conducted by the South East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy, a multi-agency community/ industry/government partnership group. The first phase of the study produced a final report on ship-sourced pollution in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Imminent changes to sewage discharge regulations for recreational vessels operating in Queensland’s coastal waters and concerns about nutrients derived from sewage emissions fuelled demand for a study aimed at identifying sewage signatures from recreational and tourist vessels.

by Jan Warnken and Catherine Pratt

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The research in this report was an investigation of the criteria pertinent to establishing a destination brand. The research project investigated the role of destination brand and image as a motivator for destination vacation choice.  The project made a comparison of two destinations, the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Australia.

by Hugh Wilkins, Bill Merrilees, Carmen Herington

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