Potential economic implications for regional tourism of a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in North Queensland

Smorfitt, D. B., Harrison, S. R. and Herbohn, J. L. (2005) Potential economic implications for regional tourism of a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in North Queensland. Tourism Economics, 11 3: 411-430.

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Author Smorfitt, D. B.
Harrison, S. R.
Herbohn, J. L.
Title Potential economic implications for regional tourism of a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in North Queensland
Journal name Tourism Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-8166
2044-0375
Publication date 2005-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 411
End page 430
Total pages 20
Editor S. Wanhill
John Edmondson
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher IP Publishing
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Abstract International and domestic tourism are sensitive to disastrous events which make areas inaccessible to visitors, less attractive or more dangerous. One form of tourism disaster is the outbreak of an exotic disease, of which Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a prime case. It is now well documented that the 2001 FMD outbreak in the UK had a greater impact on tourism than on agriculture. It has been estimated than an FMD outbreak in Australia would impose a cost of about $13 million. The impact on tourism would be highly dependent on the extent and duration of an FMD outbreak, as well as on any management and containment restrictions imposed by the authorities in their attempt to control and eventually eradicate the disease. Public perception and thus the provision of accurate information and the way in which the media report disasters will also play an important role in determining the impact on the tourism industry. The economy of Tropical North Queensland relies heavily on international visitors, and an FMD outbreak in the region would impose a large cost to the regional economy, conservatively estimated here to be of the order of $200 million per year.
Keyword Foot and mouth disease
Tourism impact
Feral pigs
Feral animals
North Queensland
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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