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Community attitudes to the acceptability of user fees in natural settings

Lee, D. and Pearce, P. (2002) Community attitudes to the acceptability of user fees in natural settings. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 4 (2). pp. 158-173.


A large-scale survey explored community attitudes towards the application of user fees in natural environment settings used for tourism and recreation. The study was taken in two Northern Australian cities where there is considerable tourism use and some existing application of a user fees approach. The study explored the acceptability of user fees for 14 different types of settings. Data revealed that a user fee approach was considered acceptable for tourism sites when tourists were being charged. There was some recognition that all users could pay user fees for tourism sites. Additional analysis identified clusters of respondents with common systems of knowledge or social representations about user fees. Further use of this systems of knowledge approach was recommended for advancing understanding and informing practice in this controversial area of tourism management.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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