Attitudes to Entry Fees to National Parks: Results and Policy Implications from a Queensland Case Study
AbstractAbstract: This paper examines visitor attitudes and whether visitors are willing to pay to enter Lamington National Park and under what circumstances they would do so. First a sample of visitors is asked a general (normative) question as to whether visitors should pay to visit Lamington National Park and in another question (positive) they are asked whether they would be more willing to pay if the money collected would be invested in the park to improve visitor facilities and conservation work. The results show that visitors are more willing to accept the "user-pays" principle if the money will be used for the benefit of the national park and its visitors. It was found that foreigners are more in support of a "user-pays" fee than Australians, and among Australians, those visitors from Queensland are the least willing to accept the idea of a "user-pays" fee to enter the park. The results indicate that if visitors can be shown the benefits (both for visitors and for conservation) of charging an entry fee, then visitors are more likely to support such a concept than when they are unaware of the benefits of a user-fee. The study shows that on average foreigners are willing to pay more than Australians. Finally, the regression results identify significant factors that influence respondents' attitudes about whether or not visitors should pay to visit Lamington National Park. They also specify suggested amounts to visit the national park.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).
Volume (Year): 34 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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- Wilson, Clevo & Tisdell, Clement A., 2003. "Attitudes to entry fees to national parks: results and policy implications from a Queensland case study," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48960, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
- Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources
- Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
- Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
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- Bennett, Jeff, 1996. "Estimating the Recreation Use Values of National Parks," 1996 Conference (40th), February 11-16, 1996, Melbourne, Australia 149801, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
- Tisdell, Clement A., 2003. "Notes on Market Failure and the Paretian (Kaldor-Hicks) Relevance and Irrelevance of Unfavourable Externalities," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48970, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
- Tisdell, Clement A. & Bandara, Ranjith, 2004. "Tourism as a contributor to development in Sri Lanka: An overview and a case study," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48975, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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