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Tourism in a Small Community: Risks and Benefits

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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 indictors to monitor these risks and the problems associated with tourism development. The article provides details of the findings from the community workshops and a survey to the community's ratepayers. In so doing, the article elaborates on the community perceptions of tourism and the potential risk to both the environment and the community well-being.

Keywords: AUSTRALIA; QUALITY OF LIFE; RISKS AND BENEFITS; SMALL COMMUNITY; TASMANIA; TOURISM MANAGEMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427206779307295

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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  • Tourism Review International is a peer-reviewed journal that advances excellence in all fields of tourism research, promotes high-level tourism knowledge, and nourishes cultural awareness in all sectors of the tourism industry by integrating industry and academic perspectives. Its international and interdisciplinary nature ensures that the needs of those interested in tourism are served by documenting industry practices, discussing tourism management and planning issues, providing a forum for primary research and critical examinations of previous research, and by chronicling changing tourism patterns and trends at the local, regional and global scale.

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