Integrated mega-resorts: the clash between public interest and neoliberalism

Anderson, Allison, and Prideaux, Bruce (2014) Integrated mega-resorts: the clash between public interest and neoliberalism. In: Proceedings of the 24th Annual Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference, pp. 31-43. From: CAUTHE 2014: 24th Annual Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference, 10-13 February 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper examines the early development approval stages of a proposed new integrated mega-resort in regional Queensland within the framework of evaluating public interest. In addition to conducting a number of industry and community based focus groups and face-to-face meetings, 1979 feedback forms were collected by the project's community engagement team through an information shopfront on behalf of a major project proponent. Analysis of the feedback forms indicates that 91% of respondents support the project going ahead, however biases in age/sex distribution exist in the sample. Concerns regarding a number of aspects of the proposed development are also raised, however these are significantly outnumbered by the positive comments, raising questions on how to effectively evaluate the public interest within a neoliberal government paradigm.

Item ID: 31516
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: major tourism development, integrated mega-resorts, public interest, neoliberalism, tourism planning
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ISBN: 978-0-9870507-3-1
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2014 02:18
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 70%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development @ 30%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 40%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 20%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 40%
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