The practicalities of a learning tourism destination: A case study of the Ningaloo Coast

Schianetz, Karin, Jones, Tod, Kavanagh, Lydia, Walker, Paul A., Lockington, David and Wood, David (2009) The practicalities of a learning tourism destination: A case study of the Ningaloo Coast. International Journal of Tourism Research, 11 6: 567-581. doi:10.1002/jtr.729

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Author Schianetz, Karin
Jones, Tod
Kavanagh, Lydia
Walker, Paul A.
Lockington, David
Wood, David
Title The practicalities of a learning tourism destination: A case study of the Ningaloo Coast
Journal name International Journal of Tourism Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-2340
Publication date 2009-11
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jtr.729
Volume 11
Issue 6
Start page 567
End page 581
Total pages 15
Editor Adele Ladkin
John Fletcher
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, U.K.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
909899 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism not elsewhere classified
150605 Tourism Resource Appraisal
150603 Tourism Management
090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling
Formatted abstract
The complex and dynamic nature of tourism, and the need to address triple bottom line sustainability, has encouraged a search for adaptive tourism management approaches based on organisational learning. In this paper, the authors discuss a practical approach for the implementation of a Learning Tourism Destination (LTD), a new concept derived from the theory of learning organisations. Preliminary results from a case study undertaken at the Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia are discussed. The conducted surveys indicate that the LTD forms a useful framework for fostering consensus building, dialogue and collective learning processes among stakeholders. The proposed approach has the potential to improve decision-making within the concept of sustainable tourism development by facilitating participative planning processes. The overall strategy of this paper is to explore the practicalities of the LTD implementation process, and to spark further conceptual and practical debate, based on the analysis of the Ningaloo case study.
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keyword Adaptive management
Learning organisation
Learning tourism destination
Participatory research
Systems thinking
System dynamics modelling
Q-Index Code C1
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