Evaluating natural attractions for tourism

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Deng, Jinyang, King, Brian and Bauer, Thomas G (2002) Evaluating natural attractions for tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 29 (2). pp. 422-438. ISSN 0160-7383


As nature-based tourism grows, protected areas will witness increasing pressure from tourists, with the quality of destination attributes exerting a considerable influence over their experience. An evaluation and rating system may help tourists to select sites, enhance their satisfaction, and encourage them to act responsibly. Managers may also gain a better understanding of how to operate such sites. The paper proposes a hierarchical structure for the assessment of protected areas by the assignment of priorities to the various elements of the structure. By applying the Standard Deviation Method, the research categorized Victorian parks in Australia into four levels, which were found to correlate closely with prevailing visitation levels and with park popularity.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1812
DOI 10.1016/S0160-7383(01)00068-8
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0160-7383(01)00068-8
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords nature-based tourism, ecotourism, national parks, evaluation and rating system
Citations in Scopus 186 - View on Scopus
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