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Ecotourism is helping promote shark conservation around the world—while also boosting local economies. Natasha Geiling. Read more.

A photo of a whale shark, taken by a visitor during a Ceviche Tour swim in Isla Mujeres. (Courtesy of Ceviche Tours/John Vater)

A photo of a whale shark, taken by a visitor during a Ceviche Tour swim in Isla Mujeres. (Courtesy of Ceviche Tours/John Vater)

 

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STCRC commissioned the development of a research agenda in January 2009 with the following aims: to map the process for increasing our understanding of fresh water as an input in the production of tourism outputsto illustrate the modelling required to establish the trade-offs and complementarities between the use of water for the production of tourism versus other outputs (e.g. agriculture, urban/industrial, environmental) to test and explore the range of policy and institutional responses that would be required to deliver an optimal allocation between competing water demands—including those arising from activities related to tourism.

by Lin Crase, Sue O’Keefe, Pierre Horwitz, May Carter, Ronlyn Duncan, Darla Hatton MacDonald, Fiona Haslam McKenzie and Ben Gawne

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As demand grows for tourism opportunities within Australian protected areas, partnerships are increasingly seen as the way forward in dealing with the variety of interests involved and ensuring that sustainability goals are pursued. Previous tourism partnership research has not made the most of opportunities to consult related literature from a broad range of disciplines and use associated theoretical developments as a basis for analysis. This technical report addresses this gap through a multi-disciplinary review of partnerships research to reconcile the often multifarious definitions of partnership and allied concepts, such as collaboration and cooperation, and the various meanings given to success, as well as to identify factors which might impact upon partnership success or failure.

by Jennifer Laing, Aggie Wegner, Susan Moore, Betty Weiler, Sharron Pfueller, Diane Lee, Jim Macbeth, Glen Croy and Michael Lockwood

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This report examines the current issues relating to individuals intending to start-up a nature-based tour operation using public land. Specifically, the study focuses on the challenges these individuals face and the type of support required from the early stages to actual business establishment.

by Sue Bergin-Seers, John Breen, Elspeth Frew and Linda Roberts

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Examining the Critical Success Factors of Small Operators: Entry to the Nature-based Tourism Sector

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The aim of this research is to examine mainstream and Indigenous tourism operators and key industry stakeholders’ ideas, attitudes and experiences of Indigenous involvement in the tourism industry. In addition, the research was used to gauge perceived opportunities for further Indigenous tourism development.

by Noah Nielsen, Jeremy Buultjens and Deborah Gale

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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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The aim of this summary is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) research that informs the wildlife – tourism relationship and its management. STCRC completed a major research program to identify opportunities for wildlife tourism in Australia and to facilitate enhancement of its sustainability. After six years of research, the Wildlife Tourism Subprogram has built up an expansive range of publications and a wealth of collective knowledge, which are presented in this snapshot.

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Wildlife Tourism: Challenges, Opportunities and Managing the Future

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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  best practice manual concentrates specifically on the procedures of dolphin swim-tour operations. It is a knowledge product developed from the research findings of the technical report Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example.

by Fleur ONeill, Sam Barnard and Diane Lee

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Best Practice Guidelines for Dolphin Swim Tour Operations Industry Manual : A Dolphin Discovery Center Example

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Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example

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This report focuses on one component of a wider study of tourist-dolphin interaction and includes an Industry Manual, available as a separate hardcopy. The wider study consisted of a quantitative survey, with a sample of 1300 shore and boat-based visitors, and a population survey of 230 swim tour participants. It also included qualitative input from staff members at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Koombana Bay, Bunbury, Western Australia, with regards to management issues. Included with this report will be an industry focused best practice manual concentrating specifically on the procedures of dolphin swim-tour operations.

by Fleur ONeill, Sam Barnard and Diane Lee

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