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Improving the Net Benefits from Tourism for People Living in Remote Northern Australia

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  • Romy Greiner

    () (School for Environmental Research, Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia)

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Tourism can be an important source of livelihoods at a destination level. Yet, while there are economic benefits associated with more tourists, there can also be costs to destinations in the form of negative environmental and social impacts. This paper illustrates tourism-related dilemmas for two remote regions within Australia’s tropical savannas where increasing visitor numbers are straining not only the very environmental assets that attract tourist, but also the host communities. The paper draws on research conducted under the auspices of the Tropical Savannas Management Cooperative Research Centre. Tourism impacts on the regions are described and, where possible, quantified and distributional effects discussed. Evidence is provided that host populations in the remote of Australia’s tropical savannas are willing to trade off environmental and social costs for economic benefits, but that this situation may not be ecologically sustainable. The regions are parts of much larger destinations and consequently peripheral to their concerns. The onus for sustainable tourism and regional development strategies therefore falls on local decision makers. The research presented here provides a framework for local decision makers and stakeholders to ask questions, collect relevant data, and proceed with informed debates and choices.

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  • Romy Greiner, 2010. "Improving the Net Benefits from Tourism for People Living in Remote Northern Australia," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(7), pages 1-22, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:7:p:2197-2218:d:8993
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    1. Burt, Oscar R & Brewer, Durward, 1971. "Estimation of Net Social Benefits from Outdoor Recreation," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 39(5), pages 813-827, September.
    2. Natalie Stoeckl & Owen Stanley, 2005. "Land Rich And Data Poor: Modelling Requirements In Australia'S Far North," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 24(3), pages 230-248, September.
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    Keywords

    Kimberley; Gulf of Carpentaria; tropical savannas; nature-based tourism; host populations; indigenous participation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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