Studying World Heritage visitors: The case of the remote Riversleigh Fossil Site

Breakey, Noreen M. (2012) Studying World Heritage visitors: The case of the remote Riversleigh Fossil Site. Visitor Studies, 15 1: 82-97. doi:10.1080/10645578.2012.660845

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Author Breakey, Noreen M.
Title Studying World Heritage visitors: The case of the remote Riversleigh Fossil Site
Journal name Visitor Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1064-5578
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10645578.2012.660845
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 82
End page 97
Total pages 16
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract World Heritage listing aims to provide protection for the planet's most precious natural and cultural sites. Listing can also increase awareness and visitation, particularly as presentation is a tenet of the World Heritage Convention. Visitor management, based on empirical research, is therefore required to ensure an appropriate balance between these, often conflicting, obligations of protection and presentation. Many World Heritage visitor studies have considered iconic, accessible, international tourism destinations that are facing issues of visitor congestion and threatened heritage values. To provide a balanced understanding of World Heritage tourism, further research is required, particularly focusing on various site types and different World Heritage visitors. To support this agenda, this research identified a lesser-known World Heritage Area with low visitation levels, developed a self-administered visitor questionnaire appropriate for the site, and studied the visitor characteristics, motivations, and experiences. Findings regarding visitors to the remote Riversleigh World Heritage Site in Australia indicate that these visitors differ from visitors to iconic World Heritage Areas, although motivational aspects are similar. The outcomes of the research have informed the visitor interpretive plan developed by the state government responsible for delivering on the Convention requirements for the Riversleigh World Heritage Site, and provide a visitor questionnaire that can be used, or further developed, for other sites.
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Created: Tue, 17 Apr 2012, 14:14:55 EST by Dr Noreen Breakey on behalf of School of Tourism