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The speleotourist experience: approaches to show cave operations in Australia and China


Crane, R and Fletcher, L, The speleotourist experience: approaches to show cave operations in Australia and China, Helictite: Journal of Australasian Speleological Research, 42 pp. 1-11. ISSN 0017-9973 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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This article provides a comparative study of commercial cave tourism in Australia and China, focussing on the methods of site interpretation and presentation used by selected show caves. The key point of contrast between the commercial speleotourist experiences offered in Australia and China is in the relative priority given to site conservation and framing the cave as a spectacle for the enjoyment of visitors. The discussion draws on the authors’ field research, visiting show caves as tourists to consider the significance of developments in ecotourism and geotourism for show cave management in Australia and China.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Show caves Australia; show caves China; show cave management; ecotourism; geotourism
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Crane, R (Professor Ralph Crane)
UTAS Author:Fletcher, L (Professor Lisa Fletcher)
ID Code:106828
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-02-23
Last Modified:2017-10-30

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