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Underlying this pilot study is the recognition that the economic, social and environmental outcomes of regional tourism development are largely determined by important conditions, such as interrelationships and resources, within any region. This report presents the findings of a capacity for innovative regional tourism  development pilot case study conducted in the northern New South Wales community of Woodburn.

by Damien Jacobsen, Dean Carson, Jim Macbeth and Simon Rose

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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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This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Center’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas. In this report we review the approaches management agencies have taken to research and assess ecologically sustainable visitor use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Ecologically Sustainable Visitor Use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas

 

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Economics has an increasingly important role to play in the management of natural resources, including those used in wildlife tourism. Recommendations for better management of wildlife tourism, based on economic concepts, are put forward in this report.

by Derrin Davis, Clem Tisdell and Mark Hardy

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Role of Economics in Managing Wildlife Tourism

 

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Reviews mechanisms by which wildlife tourism can have negative effects on wildlife and the management practices that can be used to mitigate these effects with a focus on practices relevant to Australia.

by Ronda Green and Karen Higginbottom

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Negative Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife

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An Integrated Framework for Developing Ecological Indicators of Visitor Use of Protected Areas

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Protected area managers need to monitor the ecological impacts of visitor use and assess their performance in managing visitor use. To assist this process STCRC has established a series of projects to develop indicators and protocols for assessing visitor use and its impacts that can be used as part of an integrated monitoring system for protected areas. The aim of this report was to evaluate existing information related to the development of impact indicators and how these might be applied to the management of visitor impacts in protected areas. The objective was to develop an integrated framework that would deliver a range of indicators appropriate at a variety of park management levels.

by Guy Castley, Wendy Hill, Catherine Pickering, Wade Hadwen and Graeme Worboys

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