Viable yet protected for future generations? An examination of the extensive forest-based tourism market

Prideaux, Bruce, McNamara, Karen Elizabeth, and Sakata, Hana (2012) Viable yet protected for future generations? An examination of the extensive forest-based tourism market. Revista Turismo En Analise, 23 (3). pp. 575-599.

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This article focuses on forest tourism and rainforests in particular, and explores their potential to contribute to the global tourism industry. The specific objectives of the study were to develop a profile, including motivations, of tourists visiting the Wet Tropics rainforest of Australia and to identify previous patterns of forest visitation in both Australia and other global destinations. A survey of 1,408 visitors conducted at a number of Wet Tropics rainforest sites in the tropical north region of Australia found that over 37% of the sample had previously visited forests while on holidays indicating that forest-based tourism is a major component to the nature-based market. Countries and forested sites in South-East Asia were the most popular as holiday attractions with over 13% of respondents having visited these sites. This was followed by countries of the South Pacific, North America, South America, Central America, Africa, South Asia and China, the Caribbean and Europe. While overall this is a promising result, forest-based tourism faces a number of pressures including urban settlement, extractive industries and in the near future climate change.

Item ID: 26314
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1984-4867
Keywords: forests; rainforests; nature-based tourism; Tropical North Queensland; Wet Tropics rainforest.
Funders: Australian Government’s Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2013 23:33
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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