Tourists' concerns with the state of the Great Barrier Reef

Cassidy, Leonie, Prideaux, Bruce, Thompson, Michelle, and Pabel, Anja (2020) Tourists' concerns with the state of the Great Barrier Reef. In: Proceedings of the 30th Annual Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference. pp. 225-231. From: CAUTHE 2020: 30th Annual Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference: 2020 vision: new perspectives on the diversity of hospitality, tourism and events, 10-13 February 2020, Auckland, New Zealand.

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This research reports on concerns held by tourists about climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia and what implications this may have for coral reef dependent destinations such as Cairns. The findings showed a high level of concern (60%) that the GBR will become extinct in the next several decades, while 90% are worried about the future health of the GBR. Overall, the results point to a high level of concern about the GBR and pessimism about its future. These findings indicate a need to consider alternative tourism experiences, but Cairns appears to be locked-into a path that remains focused on the GBR. From a destination perspective, the research highlights the need to consider 'next steps' required to address the likely flow-on effects of a decline in the GBR, including building community resilience and identifying opportunities to develop alternative tourism strategies.

Item ID: 73603
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-473-50923-1
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef, climate change, path dependence, coral bleaching
Copyright Information: © CAUTHE 2020
Date Deposited: 22 May 2022 23:40
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110499 Tourism services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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