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This desktop project aimed to draw attention to the various factors associated with track usage and visitor experience in national parks. The results will help to inform park managers how best to develop a strategic position on tracks and trails based on visitor experiences.

by Stephen Wearing, Stephen Schweinsberg, Simone Grabowski and Kirsty Tumes

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Understanding Track/Trail Experiences in National Parks: A Review

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The main objectives of this project are to examine regional visitation to Melbourne and its metropolitan parks, to study the main factors that could function as constraints to such visitation and to produce a number of  recommendations, so as to enhance visitation in the future. Parks in this study include those metropolitan parks operated by Parks Victoria in the suburbs and immediate  hinterland of Melbourne. Also grouped with parks for the purpose of this study are major cultural sites like Werribee Mansion and local metropolitan bays and piers like Port Phillip Bay and Frankston Pier.

by Peter Murphy, Sharyn McDonald and Kerasia Seiragaki

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Regional Visitation to Melbourne and its Metropolitan Parks, Cultural Assets and Bays

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World Heritage listing signifies globally outstanding natural and/or cultural heritage: a “top brand” in marketing terms. Does this branding as heritage icons confer economic value through increased tourism expenditure at World Heritage Areas, pre- and post listing, with unlisted but comparable destinations nearby.

by Ralf Buckley

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World Heritage Icon Value: Contribution of World Heritage Branding to Nature Tourism

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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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The objective of this report is to provide a framework for the sustainable development of the travel and tourism industry in the APEC region, through public/private partnerships, and to deliver a sustainability strategy for tourism destinations.

by Terry De Lacy, Marion Battig, Stewart Moore and Steve Noakes

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Public/Private Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism

 

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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 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 project provides series of detailed assessments of tourism values and costs in localities adjacent to protected areas in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The project demonstrates a range of techniques for respectively measuring social, environmental and economic impacts of tourism activity.

by Michael Hughes, Tod Jones, Marg Deery, David Wood, Liz Fredline, Zachary Whitely, and Michael Lockwood

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This study uses the available literature and industry input to develop a set of guiding principles for achieving the sustainable marketing and promotion of visitation to national parks and other protected areas. Industry examples are used to highlight where and how these guiding principles are already being used as examples of good  practice, thereby offering guidance to others.

by Stephen Wearing, David Archer and Sue Beeton

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Sustainable Marketing of Tourism in Protected Areas: Moving Forward

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This report outlines the development of a framework for a new interpretation research agenda relating to sustainable tourism. It proposes a classification system for evaluating research and includes selected case studies. Four main research areas – to mitigate visitor impacts, to enhance tourists’ experiences and satisfaction, to encourage positive attitudes toward nature conservation, and to link outcomes to corporate/strategic objectives – have been identified and are accompanied by a number of questions and recommendations to direct future research.

by Stephen Wearing, David Archer, Gianna Moscardo and Stephen Schweinsberg

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Best Practice Interpretation Research for Sustainable Tourism: Framework for a new Research Agenda

 

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