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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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A survey of visitors to the Gold Coast was conducted at the end of 1999 to obtain detailed information about tourist satisfaction with the Gold Coast as a destination.

by Beverley Sparks

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Visitor Satisfaction Survey on the Gold Coast [GCTV Project #2.3]

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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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Impacts of Recreation & Tourism on Plants in Protected Areas in Australia

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This report reviews research into impacts of recreation and tourism on vegetation in Australian protected areas and identifies key areas for future research. A comprehensive literature review of Australian and overseas research on tourism and recreation impacts  on vegetation in protected areas was conducted. Discussions were held with industry including staff from park agencies, as well as researchers in recreational  ecology.

by Catherine Pickering and Wendy Hill

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Off-road driving, horseriding, rock climbing and similar activities can be lucrative for tour operators and important for local recreational groups, but contentious for management of national parks and protected areas, both because of safety and liability and because of potentially high environmental impacts. This report examines management strategies for these activities worldwide and in Australia. Suggestions for best management practice and future research agendas are set.

by Carl Cater, Ralf Buckley, Robert Hales, David Newsome, Catherine Pickering and Amanda Smith

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The objectives of the study were to provide the foundation for the development of an industry-led set of national benchmarks for operational management of caravan and tourist park sites; a set of national visitor service quality benchmarks; a set of national protocols for ongoing performance management; and a decentralised knowledge management process whereby the practices, protocols and benefits of the project will be dispersed throughout rural and regional Australia. The achievement of these objectives provides a basis for improving the quality of service provision to caravan and tourist park customers and the management performance of caravan and tourist park operations.

by Bruce Hayllar, Gary Crilley and Barry Bell

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