Linking tourism and natural resource management through output indicators

Coghlan, Alexandra, and Prideaux, Bruce (2009) Linking tourism and natural resource management through output indicators. In: Proceedings of the 18th Annual CAUTHE Conference 2009. From: 18th Annual CAUTHE Conference 2009, 10 - 13 February 2009, Fremantle, WA, Australia.

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Abstract

There is growing concern about the future of coral reef health in the Great Barrier Reef, and the health of the tourism industry based upon it. Using strategies of ecotourism accreditation and permitting systems, studies of the economic value of the tourism industry to the local region, tourism industry and natural resource management align themselves for healthier reefs and a stronger, more resilient industry. This paper uses a model of indicators to look at the linkages between natural resource management and industry performance. We use input indicators, i.e. the expertise and financial resources put into maintaining a healthy reef, output indicators, visitor perceptions of the reef and their experience, and outcome indicators, satisfaction scores, to do this. We find that there has been a large input investment, which links to some, but not all of the outputs. Outcomes, however, appear to be more highly determined by the level of staff service, the diving and snorkelling experiences, and the weather conditions. We suggest therefore that the linkages between natural resource management and industry is complex one, and snorkelling experiences, and the weather conditions. We suggest therefore that the linkages between natural resource management and industry is complex one, and additional research into the resilience of the industry is required to maintain a strong reef tourism sector.

Item ID: 9503
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: reef; tourism; natural resource management; indicator
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ISBN: 1-86308-152-6
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2010 23:44
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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