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Evaluation of the community placement of the Tapestry Tourism Futures model

Lee, D., Chok, S., Northcote, J. and Wegner, A. (2008) Evaluation of the community placement of the Tapestry Tourism Futures model. CRC for Sustainable Tourism, Gold Coast, Queensland.

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This technical report was based on sustainable tourism principles; more specifically, the need for an ‘evaluation’ phase in tourism policy and planning, and an understanding of the multifaceted nature of the tourism industry. This report focuses on an evaluation of the three-year Tapestry Tourism Futures Project (TTFP), which addressed the issue of tourism resource management in the South-West Tapestry Region of Western Australia.

The research phase of the TTFP was carried out between 2000 and 2003, and in April 2003 the project was handed over to the Tapestry community for application to tourism issues within the region. The project included the design of the Tapestry Tourism Futures Simulator, a scenario modelling software program which took regional data and produced possible future outcomes for tourism in the region, based on assumptions from past trends.

The key aims of the overall TTFP were to:
1. Explore and educate the tourism community about the notion of a ‘systems’ approach to sustainable tourism;
2. Develop a timely, reliable and useful data set unique to regional requirements; and
3. Make available a locally specific computer simulation model that could provide trend information for planners and policy makers in response to ‘what-if’ scenarios.

This report is an evaluation of the implementation phase of the TTFP. During this phase, the TTFP was handed over to stakeholders within the tourism community for practical use within their specific context. The aim of this report is to determine the advantages and disadvantages of the implementation of the project and suggest recommendations for the future success of the project.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: CRC for Sustainable Tourism
Copyright: © CRC for Sustainable Tourism Pty Ltd 2008
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