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

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posted on 28.02.2018, 00:00 by Michelle Thompson, Bruce Prideaux, C McShane, A Dale, J Turnour, M Atkinson
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. © 2016 Landscape Research Group Ltd.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

41

Issue

7

Start Page

730

End Page

743

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1469-9710

ISSN

0142-6397

Publisher

Routledge

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Landscape Research

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