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The challenge of moving beyond differences in protected areas

Wegner, A., Macbeth, J. and Moore, S.A. (2006) The challenge of moving beyond differences in protected areas. In: 16th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education –CAUTHE 2006, 6 - 9 February, Melbourne

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Nature based tourism is booming, the sector is of great importance and thus the management of protected areas is facing a dilemma: protection versus visitor use. The different objectives of public policies with respect to tourism and therefore protected area managers and tour operators result in misunderstandings and sometimes animosity, which does not serve the interests of either. Given the engagement of both in protected areas and necessarily with each other, it is critical that their relationship and its complexities are clearly understood. As such, this study explores the relationship and associated influences between protected area managers and tour operators. . The analysis was theoretically informed by social representation theory and recent approaches to cultural mapping. The insights provided by this study will assist in moving the current rhetoric associated with managers and tour operators beyond partnerships and collaboration.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Notes: In: Whitelaw, Paul A, Barry, O'Mahony G (Eds). CAUTHE 2006: To the City and Beyond. Footscray, Vic.: Victoria University. School of Hospitality, Tourism and Marketing.
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