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Communicating sustainability priorities in the museum sector


Wickham, M and Lehman, K, Communicating sustainability priorities in the museum sector, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23, (7) pp. 1011-1028. ISSN 0966-9582 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09669582.2015.1042483


This paper analyses the sustainability priorities evident in the annual reports published between 2001/2002 and 2010/2011 of Australia’s six state-museums (which represent the largest and most financially viable cultural heritage tourism organisations in the country). The study provides insight into the communication of sustainability priorities in the heritage tourism sector and offers a fine-grained understanding of what is required for such organisations to effectively manage such priorities. Based on a content analysis of the annual reports, the paper proposes a Sustainability Priorities Model for Cultural and Heritage Organisations. The Model reflects two important findings: first, that the communication of sustainability practices has emerged to play a central strategic role in the annual reporting of the leading cultural heritage organisations in Australia; second, that the conceptualisation of sustainability in the cultural heritage context has widened to include the allocation and utilisation of a wider range of resources. The Model provides a framework for cultural heritage tourism organisations to follow in order for them to effectively identify and communicate the optimal mix of sustainability practices to salient stakeholder groups.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Heritage tourism; cultural tourism; multidisciplinary; museum; annual report
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism management
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Wickham, M (Dr Mark Wickham)
UTAS Author:Lehman, K (Dr Kim Lehman)
ID Code:102257
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2015-08-07
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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