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Building better collaborative management between protected area managers and the tourism industry

Wegner, A., Moore, S.A. and Macbeth, J. (2004) Building better collaborative management between protected area managers and the tourism industry. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 11 (22). pp. 123-127.


Australia-wide, the tourism sector is valued at over $60 billion per annum, with at least a third being in the nature, eco and adventure tourism sector. With increasing tourist numbers, the problem becomes one of managing tourism in protected areas, to protect and maintain the values that attracted tourists in the first place. However, because of their training and other factors, many protected area managers often find it easier to manage natural resources rather than visitors. This often results in misunderstandings through to animosity between protected area managers and the tourism industry. Improving their relationship has the potential to ensure that protected areas are used sustainably by the industry as well as reducing management costs through more efficient practices and cost sharing. Collaboration can lead to better decisions that are more likely to be implemented by participating parties. Collaborative management also relies on knowing which tools help or hinder such collaboration. As part of this study, qualitative research methods, such as ethnography, interpretivism and action research are used to determine current efforts that foster or hinder collaboration. In using action research, this research will explore, through working with protected area managers and the tourism industry, which tools are most likely to build successful collaboration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
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