Profiling specialist accommodation operators in the nature-based tourism sector of North Queensland

Carmody, Julie (2008) Profiling specialist accommodation operators in the nature-based tourism sector of North Queensland. In: Proceedings of the 18th Annual Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference. From: 18th Annual Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference, 11-14 February, 2008, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Specialist accommodation operators located near protected areas are a growing niche market. This paper presents a profile of the owner-operators of this nature-based accommodation sector in North Queensland. Some 101 accommodation operators of bed and breakfasts, farm stays, caravan parks, cabins, cottages, licensed public hotels, backpacker hostels, retreats and ecolodges were surveyed. Bed & breakfast, cabin and cottage operations are a popular style of accommodation. The owner-operators average 49 years of age, are relatively evenly distributed across education levels and their reason for operating a specialist accommodation is commonly for a change of lifestyle. For unknown reasons there is a sharp decline in operating time of a specialist accommodation establishment after eight years. Research of this sector, particularly in Australia, is scarce and this paper attempts to contribute to an understanding of this alternative to mass accommodation style.

Item ID: 7737
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: bed and breakfast; Farmstay; nature-based; North Queensland; small scale; specialist accommodation
ISBN: 978-1-921291-33-3
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 22:21
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9098 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism > 909899 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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