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Tourism Growth and Proposed Management Solutions in the Fildes Peninsula Region (King George Island, Antarctica)

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Abstract:

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry in the Antarctic, particularly on King George Island where wildlife areas, research stations, or their vicinity are frequently visited. A comprehensive assessment of the environment and human activities in the Fildes Peninsula region was conducted, and spatiotemporal patterns were analyzed. Additionally, opinions on tourism of station members were surveyed. Visitor activity is increasing and diversifying. There is thus some conflict with conservation, research, and logistics, although it is currently local and temporary. Increasing human activity and its possible cumulative effects should be monitored and appropriately managed. On the basis of our findings, site-specific guidelines and visitor zones (e.g., within an "Antarctic Specially Managed Area") are recommended.

Keywords: DISTURBANCE; SPATIAL ANALYSIS; TOURIST MANAGEMENT; VISITOR

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/154427307784771995

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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