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Call for Entries: 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

20 FEBRUARY, 2017, BANGKOK,– Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored or conserved structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. The Awards emphasize the importance of the conservation process, including the technical achievements and quality of the restoration, as well as its social impact, including community involvement in the project. By UNESCO Bangkok. To find out more please click here.

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The research project conducted fieldwork in a number of case studies in metropolitan and regional and rural areas of New South Wales and Victoria in order to investigate and explore the intersection between traditional and new cultural landscape precincts and the current and future patterns of Australian tourism. Cultural landscapes of tourism are diverse in character. This project compared the more ‘traditional’ cultural tourist precinct of Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales and Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf with the cosmopolitan cultural diversity of ethnic precincts including Sydney’s and Melbourne’s Chinatown and Melbourne’s Little Italy, Lygon Street.
by Jock Collins, Simon Darcy, Kirrily Jordan, Ruth Skilbeck, Simone Grabowski, Vicki Peel, David Dunstan, Gary Lacey, and Tracey Firth
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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 booklet is an industry summary of the full report, Success Factors in Cultural Heritage Tourism Enterprise Management, containing references, methodology and detailed findings from the  project. The project has identified the critical factors for successfully balancing viable cultural heritage tourism (CHT) enterprises with heritage conservation goals.

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This scoping study seeks to provide an overview of current Indigenous cultural tourism in the Wet Tropics region of north-eastern Australia, and examines both the opportunities and impediments for Aboriginal operated tours in the mosaic of rural landscapes and protected areas that make up this region. In particular, the study aims to describe and assess enterprises that integrate knowledge of traditional Dyirbal dwellings, camps and building technologies and associated environmental knowledge (ethno-architecture) into cultural tours and experiences.

by Tim O’Rourke and Paul Memmott

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In 1998, the need to develop guidelines for tourism where heritage places are involved was identified. This followed recognition that there needed to be a stronger bridge between tourism industry codes of practice and heritage conservation principles.

by Australian Heritage Commission and Sustainable Tourism CRC

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This project sought to identify critical factors for successfully balancing viable cultural heritage tourism (enterprise with heritage conservation goals. Information was gathered from site visits and interviews with operators and cultural heritage managers. The outcomes will be of interest to government agencies and heritage tourism operators in the public and private sector.

by Jack Carlsen, Michael Hughes, Warwick Frost, Celmara Pocock and Vicki Peel

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This document profiles key Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) research in the field of cultural and heritage tourism, an important and growing component of the Australian tourism landscape. It has been developed with both industry and custodians of cultural and heritage assets in mind. It brings together summaries, statistics, key findings and recommendations in an easily accessible resource.
by Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC)

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This report provides the key findings from a series of surveys carried out in three national parks—Hasting Caves State Reserve in Tasmania, Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales and the Grampians-Gariwerd National Park in Western Victoria.  The researchers collected data about visitor profiles as well as visitor satisfaction with interpretation services and variables.

by Stephen Wearing, Paul Edinborough, Lesley Hodgson and Elspeth Frew

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Enhancing Visitor Experience through Interpretation: An Examination of Influencing Factors

 

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This study investigated the issues surrounding iconic wildlife in terms of both visitor perceptions and experiences and also in terms of the economic contribution of visitors to the destination. The methods employed consisted of a literature review and development and distribution of questionnaires to visitors and tour operators  and an interview of managers at Monkey Mia, Western Australia and Hervey Bay, Queensland.

by Amanda Smith, David Newsome, Diane Lee and Natalie Stoeckl

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Role of Wildlife Icons as Major Tourist Attractions: Case Studies - Monkey Mia Dolphins and Hervey Bay Whale Watching

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