The who, how and what of rainforest tourism in Australia’s World Heritage Wet Tropics

McNamara, Karen and Prideaux, Bruce (2008). The who, how and what of rainforest tourism in Australia’s World Heritage Wet Tropics. In: Proceedings of 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference. 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA 2008), Bangkok, Thailand, (781-788). 9-12 July 2008.

Author McNamara, Karen
Prideaux, Bruce
Title of paper The who, how and what of rainforest tourism in Australia’s World Heritage Wet Tropics
Conference name 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA 2008)
Conference location Bangkok, Thailand
Conference dates 9-12 July 2008
Proceedings title Proceedings of 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference
Place of Publication Bangkok, Thailand
Publisher Asia Pacific Tourism Association
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Start page 781
End page 788
Total pages 8
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Globally, rainforests are coming under increasing pressure from farming, urban settlement and extractive industries. In the near future rainforests will also come under further pressure from climate change. Recognizing the danger confronted by these unique ecosystems a number of nations have responded by declaring parts of their forests as protected areas. In many of these protected areas tourism has emerged as a new business sector. In Australia, the northern Wet Tropics rainforest were declared as a world heritage area in 1988 and now supports an extensive tourism industry attracting an estimated 4.65 million visits by local residents and tourists during 2001- 2002. This paper reports on the first results of a four year study of rainforest tourism. Key aims of this research include establishing visitor profiles, identifYing the importance of the rainforest as an attraction and visitor interest in walking activities. The methodology is based on monthly surveys over a 12 month period at six major rainforest sites. In the reporting period (January to December 2007) a total of 1,408 visitors were surveyed. Results show that domestic visitors accounted for 59.8% of all visits. Using a 5 point Likert scale where 5 was very important, respondents were asked to reflect on how important visiting the rainforest was on their trip. The overall mean was 4.32 indicating the significance of rainforest activities. The results also indicated that walking in the Wet Tropics rainforest was considered to be an important activity.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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