Tourists' support for conservation messages and sustainable management practices in wildlife tourism experiences

Ballantyne, Roy, Packer, Jan and Hughes, Karen (2009) Tourists' support for conservation messages and sustainable management practices in wildlife tourism experiences. Tourism Management, 30 5: 658-664. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2008.11.003

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Author Ballantyne, Roy
Packer, Jan
Hughes, Karen
Title Tourists' support for conservation messages and sustainable management practices in wildlife tourism experiences
Journal name Tourism Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5177
Publication date 2009-10-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tourman.2008.11.003
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 30
Issue 5
Start page 658
End page 664
Total pages 7
Editor Chris Ryan
Place of publication Exeter, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified
150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Abstract A common justification for developing wildlife tourism attractions is that they help to secure long-term conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats. Managers and guides often highlight their role in protecting wildlife and its habitat, yet little is known about the interests, needs and preferences of the tourists who participate in such activities – how aware are they of conservation issues; how concerned are they about the environmental impacts their visit may cause; do they expect and accept the conservation messages they receive? This research explores the perceptions, preferences and conservation awareness of tourists visiting the Mon Repos Conservation Park in Queensland, Australia. Comparison data from four other sites are also presented in order to provide a wider context for interpreting the data. The findings suggest that wildlife tourism management practices that enlist tourists as conservation partners, communicate the reasons behind any constraints imposed, and present a consistent message regarding interactions with wildlife, are likely to be most successful in meeting the needs of both tourists and wildlife.
Keyword Wildlife tourism
Interpretation
Conservation
Minimal impact
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online on 21 December 2008. The online publication date (21.12.08) will be carried over in the printed version.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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