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Estimating the economic, social and environmental value of tourism to protected areas. Technical report

Hughes, M., Jones, T., Deery, M., Wood, D., Fredline, L., Whitely, Z. and Lockwood, M. (2009) Estimating the economic, social and environmental value of tourism to protected areas. Technical report. Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.

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Abstract

This project provides series of detailed assessments of tourism values and costs in localities adjacent to protected
areas in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The project demonstrates a range of techniques for
respectively measuring social, environmental and economic impacts of tourism activity. It involved tourists,
townspeople, natural area managers and government authorities. The project draws together recent work on
economic valuation of protected area tourism by Carlsen and Wood (2004), social values of tourism by Fredline,
Deery and Jago (2006) and environmental values of tourism based on work by Michael Lockwood at the
University of Tasmania and David Wood in Western Australia.

As a final stage, the project identified the costs of tourism activity to a region based on a case study of
Exmouth. The project aims to provide methods for identifying monetary and non-monetary values for tourism
across a range of study areas using methods that may be replicated across regions. While not currently fully
integrating social, economic and environmental measures, the methods will inform the development of toolkits
for the assessment of these values of protected areas, which will be made widely available for use. The process
of creating toolkits has begun with the existing Valuing Places Toolkit, which is based on the economic
valuation methods detailed in this report.

Publication Type: Report
Publisher: Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism
Copyright: © CRC for Sustainable Tourism Pty Ltd 2009
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26312
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