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Playing Lotto with Rotto? Tourism, the environment and gambling with the ethos of a Western Australian island


Jackson, RE, Playing Lotto with Rotto? Tourism, the environment and gambling with the ethos of a Western Australian island, Australian Geographer, 39, (4) pp. 495-519. ISSN 0004-9182 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Rottnest Island is a popular holiday destination offshore from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Rottnest (or Rotto) attracts approximately 500 000 visitors annually. The island is managed by a statutory government authority, the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA), for the purposes of providing recreation and holiday facilities and services, and protecting its natural and cultural values. While there are advantages in management by one body, there appears to be a conflict in managing both the tourism business and the environment, largely as a result of funding issues. While further tourism development would boost the RIA’s self-funded operating budget, increased pressures may compromise the island environment and the Rottnest ethos, which revolves around a relaxed and casual social ambiance. The RIA aims to develop Rottnest as a model for sustainability, but are dilemmas surrounding economic sustainability potentially risking the island’s environmental and social sustainability? This paper concludes that in the pursuit of economic returns from tourism, Rottnest Island’s environmental and social values face an uncertain future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Island; Tourism; Environmental management; Ethos; Governance; Sustainability
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jackson, RE (Miss Rebecca Jackson)
ID Code:55091
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2009-03-05
Last Modified:2009-06-09
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