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The Great Barrier Reef: A profile of tourism use patterns and visitors’ concerns

conference contribution
posted on 14.08.2018, 00:00 by Bruce PrideauxBruce Prideaux, Michelle ThompsonMichelle Thompson, L Lee
This paper investigates tourists’ environmental perceptions using a sample of tourists to Cairns, Australia. The first objective identifies if tourists consider whether destinations protect their environment in holiday decision-making. The second objective identifies tourists’ concerns about the Great Barrier Reef based on a series of scenarios. The findings demonstrate that how destinations care for their environment is factored into tourists’ decision-making, and the majority of tourists perceive Cairns to be protecting its environment. Furthermore, there is a high level of concern, among international tourists in particular, that the Great Barrier Reef could be damaged from either climate change or oil spills. Given the environmental concern among tourists, this paper argues that there is a need for accurate research that reflects tourists’ views on sustainability issues, and the importance of including these perspectives in effective policy making, product development and marketing.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Wilson E; Witsel M

Parent Title

CAUTHE 2015: Rising Tides and Sea Changes: Adaptation and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality

Start Page

678

End Page

681

Number of Pages

4

Start Date

02/02/2015

Finish Date

05/02/2015

ISBN-13

9780987050762

Location

Gold Coast, Australia

Publisher

Southern Cross University

Place of Publication

Gold Coast, QLD

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

CAUTHE 2015