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Call for more investment in world’s protected areas

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The world’s national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research. The idea of natural capital, the worth of natural assets, is increasingly being used in policy making. It is based on assigning economic value to the natural environment in order to better preserve it in the future. Helen Briggs. Read more.

 

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The study’s primary objective was to measure the economic impact of tourists’ expenditure in the Australian Alps, on the economies of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.  The project involved measuring tourism expenditure in the Alps region and the associated multiplier effects of that expenditure.  The economic impact is shown in terms of Gross State Product (GSP) and employment/jobs that are attributed to tourism to each of the states’ Alps national parks.

by Trevor Mules, Pam Faulks, Natalie Stoeckl and Michele Cegielski

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Economic Value of Tourism in the Australian Alps

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Mapping Spatial Attributes for Conservation and Tourism Planning, Otways Region Victoria: Survey of Residents and Visitors

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The project was undertaken to better understand resident and visitor preferences for conservation and tourism development in the Otways region of Victoria, Australia. The project used a survey technique where participants were asked to map place-specific landscape values and development preferences with the goal of identifying  priority areas for conservation, development and resource management in the region. Two survey instruments were developed for the study – one for Otway residents and one for visitors to the region.

by Greg Brown and Chris Raymond

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Mapping Spatial Attributes for Conservation and Tourism Planning, Otways Region Victoria: Survey of Residents and Visitors

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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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This study relied mainly on secondary data sourced directly from previous research projects conducted by STCRC in protected areas in Australia to review the management and visitor trends in national parks and other protected areas to review management practices, visitors, economic benefits, environmental impacts, education and interpretation and destinations marketing. An expert consultation was conducted to identify the trends in protected areas in Australia and internationally.

by Hum Bahadur Gurung

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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 project seeks to address the lack of knowledge and develop guidelines for assessing the viability of new and existing user-pays systems for protected areas in Australia.

by Michael Hughes, Jack Carlsen, Gary Crilley, Samantha King, Diane Lee and Gail Kennedy

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Good Practice User-Pays Systems for Protected Areas

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This document profiles key STCRC research in the field of tourism and protected area management from 2005 to October 2008. The aim of this summary is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of research that informs the parks-tourism relationship and its management.

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Tourism and Protected Area Management Research Snapshot

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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 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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