Wildlife tourism and the visitor experience: Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island

Woods, Barbara (2001) Wildlife tourism and the visitor experience: Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island. In: Proceedings of the 11th Australian Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference. pp. 377-394. From: CAUTHE 2001: Capitalising on Research, 7-10 February 2001, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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The attention paid to wildlife tourism has been growing in both industry and academic circles in recent years. One avenue for improving understanding of what visitors are seeking from their experience is to approach the question from a wildlife specialization framework. This paper reports findings from a study of 710 visitors to Flinders Chase National Park, on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Results indicate that viewing animals close up in their natural environment has widespread appeal to wildlife visitors. As visitors become more specialised (defined as how important wildlife is in their travel decisions), increasing emphasis was placed on features such as close-up viewing of unique species, in natural environments, and with animals behaving naturally. The results also highlight the controversial and contradictory nature of the wildlife feeding issue.

Item ID: 14616
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-85889-832-5
Keywords: Kangaroo Island; wildlife tourism
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 03:51
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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