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The study was undertaken to investigate the consideration and choice of Australian holiday destinations from a brand salience perspective. The primary objective was to describe a product category structure for Australian holiday destinations. A qualitative research methodology was adopted in which a total of 20 semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with residents of Sydney and Melbourne. The results of the research provide examples of domestic holiday travel within a framework based on benefits sought, relevant experiences, travel context, destination attributes and destination set.

by Richard Trembath

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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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Ecology, Threats, and Management Options for Small Estuaries and ICOLLs

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In this study we investigated critical aspects of ICOLL ecology and asked: how do these systems respond to increasing coastal pressures in general and in particular, those directly or indirectly related to tourism and recreation in their catchments? We were particularly interested in the influence of nutrient inputs (particularly from STPs) and entrance opening and closing regimes on the basic structure of the food web and in turn, the implications of these modifications for the sustainability and tourism appeal of ICOLLs.

by Wade L. Hadwen and Angela H. Arthington

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Detecting Visitor Impacts in and around Aquatic Ecosystems within Protected Areas

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In this study, we sought to evaluate: a) the range of activities undertaken by visitors to aquatic ecosystems and the likely ecological consequences of those activities, and b) the sensitivity and scale of response of existing aquatic indicators. By combining these two evaluations, we collated a list of aquatic indicators that might be responsive to the spatial and temporal disturbances associated with visitor activities in particular, and as such, might show considerable promise in being further developed and implemented in monitoring and assessment programs within protected areas.

by Wade L Hadwen, Angela H Arthington, Paul I Boon

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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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This report comprises three main parts, the first defines the nature of strata titled tourism accommodation. The second provides an overview of the strata title legal provisions applying in each Australian state and territory. The third part identifies the parties involved in the strata titled tourism accommodation (STTA) sector and STTA complex management issues arising.

by Chris Guilding, Allan Ardill, Jan Warnken, Kelly Cassidy and Kimberley Everton-Moore

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Community Titled Accommodation used for Visitor Purposes in Queensland

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The significance of community titled accommodation from a tourism perspective underlines the need for appropriately designed research to inform tourism strategic decision-making. This report also provides some comment on the contemporary European experience with condominium  complexes in key tourism destinations and concludes with a description of several planned research initiatives relating to community titled complexes.

by Allan Ardill, Liz Fredline, Chris Guilding, Jan Warnken and Steve Noakes

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Identifying Effective Strata Title Governance and Management Models for the Provision of Tourism Accommodation

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This report provides a classification of the different governance and management models used by tourist oriented strata title complexes. It also draws on field study data and the agency theory model to provide an examination of good governance and management practice in tourism oriented strata title complexes.

by Kelly Cassidy, Chris Guilding and Jan Warnken

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Tourist Experiences of Individuals with Vision Impairment

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This research sought to develop understanding of the experience of travelling with vision impairment. It used an inductive approach with theory developed from the data. The paucity of research on travelling with vision impairment necessitated this first step in a process designed to gain a fuller understanding of the existing and potential tourism market. Without an understanding of the tourist experience, determination and creation of a viable market are not possible.

by Tanya L Packer, Jennie Small and Simon Darcy

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