Tourism in a Small Community: Risks and Benefits

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Jago, Leo Kenneth, Fredline, Elizabeth Doris and Deery, Margaret (2006) Tourism in a Small Community: Risks and Benefits. Tourism Review International, 10 (1). pp. 91-101. ISSN 1544-2721


This article presents the findings from a Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre study into the risks associated with the impacts of tourism on the quality of life of residents in a small community in the Australian state of Tasmania. This state is known for its pristine environment and potential difficulty in coping with large numbers of visitors to popular areas. One of the icon regions in the state is the Coles Bay town and the adjacent Freycinet National Park. This research investigates community attitudes to tourism and the potential benefits and risks to this iconic region if the tourism levels are not managed. It discusses the development of indicators to monitor these risks and the problems associated with tourism development. The article provides details of the findings from community workshops and a 2005 survey of the community's ratepayers (n=174). In so doing, the article elaborates on the community perceptions of tourism and the potential risk to both the environment and the community's well-being.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3727/154427206779307295
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR)
Historical > SEO Classification > 9003 Tourism
Historical > FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Keywords ResPubID16826, quality of life, small community, tourism management, risks and benefits, Tasmania, Australia
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