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Mountain Bike Activity in Natural Areas: Impacts, Assessment and Implications for Management: A Case Study from John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

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This report addresses mountain biking as a recreational activity looking at the styles of riding and the corresponding demands of riders. It also identifies the major impacts of mountain biking and  potential management techniques for developing sustainable mountain biking activities. The study was conducted in John Forrest National Park (JFNP), a popular recreation area in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia.

by Claire Davies and  David Newsome

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Mountain Bike Activity in Natural Areas: Impacts, Assessment and Implications for Management: A Case Study from John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

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This booklet is an industry summary of the full report Impact of Bushfires on Tourism and Visitation in Alpine National Parks, containing references, methodology and detailed findings from the two phases of the project.  This project explored the impact of bushfires on tourism in Victoria’s Alpine National Parks and adjacent areas, and examined the profiles and views of visitors choosing whether or not to visit these areas following the most recent period of wildfire in 2006/07, in order to determine changes in visitor patterns and behaviour.

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Tourism Recovery: Impact of Bushfires on Tourism and Visitation in Alpine National Parks

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Bushfires are a recurring management issue for Australian parks and their impact on tourism needs to be understood in order to develop appropriate strategic responses. This project explored the impact of bushfires on tourism in Victoria’s Alpine National Parks and adjacent areas, and examined the profiles and views of visitors choosing whether or not to visit these areas following the most recent period of wildfire in 2006/07, in order to determine changes in visitor patterns and behaviour. STCRC has also prepared an industry summary for this technical report: Tourism Recovery.

by Dale Sanders, Jennifer Laing and Meg Houghton

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Impact of Bushfires on Tourism and Visitation in Alpine National Parks

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The aim of this report is to provide a systematic approach to using a set of core variables to collect data in a way that can be consistently applied across Australian protected areas.

by Susan A Moore, Gary Crilley, Simon Darcy, Tony Griffin, Ross Taplin, Joanna Tonge, Aggie Wegner and Amanda Smith

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Designing and Testing a Park-based Visitor Survey

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This report provides an estimate of direct tourist spending and the contribution of that spending to Queensland’s gross state product that can be attributed to tourists’ access to national parks (NPs). The first phase of The Valuing Tourism Spend in Queensland National Parks Study was designed to provide an assessment of tourist spending associated with national parks at the regional level. Following consultation with key stakeholders of the study, a research team from The University of Queensland collected primary visitor survey data in four regions of the State of Queensland with a view to determining an estimate of the visitor spend attributable to the NPs in these regions. These regions were selected as examples of the four different types of protected area region (urban, iconic, remote and outback) to be found in Queensland. The data collected in the survey were then used to infer a value for national park-generated visitor spending for all national park regions in Queensland. The results of this study indicate that a best estimate of visitor spending associated with national parks is approximately $4.43 billion per annum with $749 million per annum in national park-generated spending.

by Roy Ballantyne, Richard Brown, Shane Pegg and Noel Scott

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Valuing Tourism Spend Arising from Visitation to Queensland National Parks

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This research study aimed to examine the relationships between NPWS and its private visitor service providers (‘Lessees’). The study uses in-depth, semi-structured interviews with NPWS staff and Lessees involved in five case study partnerships to get insight into the workings of these relationships — their challenges and successes.

by Noah Nielsen, Erica Wilson and Jeremy Buultjens

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From Lessees to Partners: Exploring Relationships between NSW NPWS and Private Visitor Facility Providers

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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 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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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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