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A spatial method for assessing resident and visitor attitudes towards tourism growth and development


Raymond, CM and Brown, G, A spatial method for assessing resident and visitor attitudes towards tourism growth and development, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 15, (5) pp. 520-540. ISSN 0966-9582 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2167/jost681.0


Few tourism planning methods include spatial survey techniques that explicitly identify place-based development preferences. In this study,we compare attitudes towards tourism development in the Otways region ofVictoria,Australia, using traditional survey research questions and a contemporary method for measuring spatial preferences for development. Results from the survey data show conditional support for tourism growth and development in the Otway Hinterland and along the Otway Coast irrespective of residence distance from the tourism core; however, results from spatial attribute data show there are place-specific differences in ‘acceptable development’ and ‘inappropriate development’ preferences. We suggest that the spatial attribute method is an inclusive process that can potentially bridge pro-development and antidevelopment responses that emerge during community consultation by providing development preference data that is scaleable to both local and regional scales.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:GIS, landscape values, local communities, place, resident attitudes, visitor attitudes
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Raymond, CM (Dr Chris Raymond)
ID Code:95884
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2014-10-09
Last Modified:2014-11-12

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