Tourism development in agricultural landscapes: the case of the Atherton Tablelands, Australia

Thompson, Michelle, Prideaux, Bruce, McShane, Connar, Dale, Allan, Turnour, Jim, and Atkinson, Margaret (2016) Tourism development in agricultural landscapes: the case of the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Landscape Research, 41 (7). pp. 730-743.

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates how the landscape is an integral component in the development of tourism experiences in agricultural regions. It proposes that agricultural landscapes are composed of three components: naturescape, farmscape and culturescape. Building on the tourist gaze, this research demonstrates how tourists can move from viewing the landscape to engaging with it. A case study of the Atherton Tablelands, located in the Wet Tropics region of Australia, was conducted using content analysis and field observations. The results show that the development of activities within the culturescape enables tourists to engage with the agricultural landscape. This finding has important implications for the farmscape, where agricultural resources (produce) are often used in the creation of memorable tourism experiences in agricultural regions.

Item ID: 45009
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-9710
Keywords: agricultural landscape; tourism experience; agri-tourism; tourism in agricultural regions; tourist gaze; Atherton Tablelands
Funders: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), Northern Futures Collaborative Research Network (CRN)
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2016 23:58
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 20%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness @ 30%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 40%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services @ 20%
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