Creating Australia's national landscapes: issues of collaborative destination management

Tolkach, Denis, King, Brian, and Whitelaw, Paul A. (2016) Creating Australia's national landscapes: issues of collaborative destination management. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 5 (2). pp. 117-132.

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Innovative and holistic approaches to destination marketing and management are needed to ensure that protected areas are managed, marketed and governed effectively alongside adjacent lands. This paper discusses Australia's National Landscapes Program, a collaborative nationwide initiative between parks and tourism agencies, local and state governments, and the private and non-profit sectors. A critical appraisal framework is presented for the various elements of the Program: geographical, ecological, socio-economic, cultural and visitor information. This paper argues that the approach adopted may be applicable for other collaborative destination management initiatives. It demonstrates the importance of adopting a geographical perspective in assessing nation-wide initiatives that takes full account of spatial challenges. Dimensions such as the scale, distances and accessibility compound the implementation challenges facing initiatives such as Australia’s National Landscapes Program. These challenges include ecological and socio-economic diversity, the number and variety of constituent organizations and understanding the current visitors, both domestic and international. The paper provides a potentially useful reference for jurisdictions that intend to implement large-scale collaborative destination management frameworks. It is noted that the challenges of identifying a common vision, objectives and measures of success, and of managing the politics of collaborations between different government levels and industry sectors, are magnified for larger-scale initiatives.

Item ID: 63271
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2212-5752
Keywords: landscapes, protected areas, collaborations, Australia, nature-based, tourism
Copyright Information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 21:46
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350803 Tourism management @ 70%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 30%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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