The reef and the resort: an investigation of visitors' knowledge and attitudes towards a large-scale development in a remote area of Western Australia.
Clark, K., Pforr, C. and Macbeth, J. (2005) The reef and the resort: an investigation of visitors' knowledge and attitudes towards a large-scale development in a remote area of Western Australia. In: Sharing Tourism Knowledge. Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education Conference, 1-5 February 2005, Alice Springs, N.T.
In July, 2003, the Western Australian Premier rejected on environmental grounds a proposed resort and marina complex at Mauds Landing, 3kms north of the popular tourist destination. The site for this proposed development was in the middle of a stretch of coastline reaching from Carnarvon in the south to Exmouth in the north [referred to here as the ‘Coral Coast region’] which is fringed by the renowned Ningaloo Reef.
The purpose of the current project, funded by the CRC for Sustainable Tourism, has been to investigate the political processes which resulted in the emergence of vocal and widespread public opposition to the proposal to develop a resort/marina complex for Mauds Landing, and culminated in the Western Australian government’s decision to reject the proposed development. Given that this type of opposition appears to be strengthening and involves the relatively new concept of tourists against tourism development, an important component of this research was a series of interviews with visitors to the Coral Coast region in July 2003, a time coinciding with the rejection of the resort proposal.
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