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Tourism in Regions of Natural Resource Decline: A Newfoundland Case Study

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Abstract:

Tourism is increasingly touted as a development opportunity for coastal areas affected by natural resource decline, but can the investment in tourism ever replace the full human ecological value of a natural resource-based industry, including its impacts on a region's culture, economy, and environment? This ethnographic study examines the impact of the 1992 cod moratorium on Newfoundland's coastal communities, and particularly the emerging role of heritage tourism in community revitalization. Interviews with stakeholders and first-hand observations at tourism destinations show that marine heritage tourism, in particular, can play an important role in the future of coastal areas and people, though it will never replace an exhausted natural resource.

Keywords: COASTAL COMMUNITIES; FISHERIES; HERITAGE TOURISM; NEWFOUNDLAND

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/154427311X13195453162859

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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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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