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An assessment of commercial use of Wellington Park, Tasmania

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Moreno, Tiffany Nicole 2010 , 'An assessment of commercial use of Wellington Park, Tasmania', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Ecotourism is a growing industry and Tasmania is an ideal destination as it offers a
number of experiences within the state. Close to the capital city Hobart is Wellington
Park where there are opportunities to participate in a wide range of recreational
activities. However, little research has been undertaken on tourism in Wellington
Park.
The aim of this research was to determine the types of commercial users of
Wellington Park, assess how these businesses use the Park and determine how the
Park will be potentially used in the future. In depth key informant interviews were
conducted with commercial operators who lead tours in Wellington Park.
Participants were asked questions regarding their use of the Park, client statistics,
their perceptions of tourism, and how their business operates. Meetings with
government managers that oversee use of Wellington Park took place to obtain a
balanced view of tourism in the Park.
The study found that summer is the peak season to attract clients, tours are catered
towards a certain client demographic, the businesses operate in the Park due to its
close proximity to the city, and because it offers a diverse range of recreational
opportunities, and there is a disconnect of engagement with Park managers and
commercial operators. These businesses do not have large numbers of tourists in
their excursions therefore do not solely rely on the Wellington Park tours to sustain
their business. Increased development of facilities and maintenance of infrastructure
may attract more commercial operators to conduct their operations in Wellington
Park.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Moreno, Tiffany Nicole
Keywords: Ecotourism, National parks and reserves
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Copyright 2010 the author

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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Uncorrected text. Thesis (MEnvMgt)--University of Tasmania, 2010. Includes bibliographical references

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