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Antarctic Gateway Ports: Opening Tourism to Macquarie Island and the East Antarctic from Hobart

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Abstract:

This article discusses the significance of Antarctic gateway ports, and identifies the key issues and challenges in developing East Antarctic tourism, especially through the port of Hobart. Recent opportunities have emerged through increased ship-borne and pending air-borne capacity from Hobart, and a network of government and private agencies have made Hobart the locus of these services. This presents an opportunity to investigate the needs and expectations of tourists through the gateways with a view to developing products and services to meet those needs and expectations. Findings from a preliminary survey of East Antarctic tourists in the 2005–2006 season are presented and a model for developing tourism to the East Antarctic from Hobart is proposed.

Keywords: EAST ANTARCTIC TOURISM; GATEWAY PORTS; HOBART

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427307784772075

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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  • Tourism in Marine Environments is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more.
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