The role of visitor centres in emerging Asia Pacific tourism destinations: concepts and research contributions for best practice

Pearce, Philip L., and Burke, Adrian (2003) The role of visitor centres in emerging Asia Pacific tourism destinations: concepts and research contributions for best practice. In: Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference of the Asia Pacific Tourism Association, pp. 525-536. From: 9th Annual Conference of the Asia Pacific Tourism Association, 6-9 July 2003, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper develops a classification of the functions of visitor centres, entitled the Four Plus Model, in order to assist the better planning and functioning of these core tourist facilities. The paper defines visitor centres as clearly labelled, publicly accessible spaces providing predominantly free of charge information to facilitate travellers' experiences. The mutually supportive but varying junctions of these centres include promotion, enhancement, filtering, substitution and administration. Further, it is argued that there are four pivotal stages in the effective design and management of these centres. The stages are implementing integrated regional plans for centre style and location, designing the space and building for all users, creating a quality interpretive experience and attending to maintenance and evaluation. Some desirable and superior practices pertinent to each of these stages are presented to help create better visitor centres in Asia Pacific tourism.

Item ID: 7577
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: interpretation; regional planning; tourism; visitor centres
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Conference theme "Current research, future strategies: Bridging uncertainty"

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ISBN: 978-1-86365-569-9
Date Deposited: 16 May 2010 22:42
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150605 Tourism Resource Appraisal @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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