Why we are banning tourists from climbing Uluru

climbing Uluru will be banned from 2019

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board of management has announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru from 2019. Uluru, formerly known in English as Ayer’s Rock, is an iconic sandstone rock formation that rises dramatically from the flat plains of Australia’s red centre. Kata Tjuta (“many heads”), 25 km to the west as […]

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Australian shark tourism valuation method may be useful elsewhere

The economic value of shark tourism including white shark cage-diving in Australia

Advertise Here A socio-economic survey methodology that recently estimated the direct economic contribution of shark tourism in Australia may be a useful tool for estimating the value of wildlife tourism and ecotourism in other destinations. For destinations keen to understand more about the economic value of their own ecotourism and wildlife tourism products, the methodology […]

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Whale shark tracking shows upside for Ningaloo ecotourism industry

Whale shark tourism. Whale shark Ningaloo ecotourism Western Australia. Source: ECOCEAN

Swimming with whale sharks could become a year-round ecotourism activity for the Ningaloo Coast region of Western Australia (WA), according to ECOCEAN research scientist Samantha Reynolds. By emphasising the potential for an economic activity, the Phys.org story is a refreshing hint at how an environmentalist cause can ally with science and the tourism industry. Reynolds […]

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Great Barrier Reef tourism reprieve but resorts in trouble

Great Barrier Reef tourism. A variety of colourful corals on Flynn Reef near Cairns. By Toby Hudson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11137678

Great Barrier Reef tourism operators hope UNESCO’s decision not to list the natural wonder “in danger” will reverse a drop in visitor numbers, according to a Courier Mail story. “UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee endorsed Australia’s Reef 2050 plan to protect the iconic asset, avoiding ­international embarrassment for the $6.4 billion-a-year tourist drawcard. “However, the WHC […]

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Sunshine Coast, Queensland looks to accessible tourism

The Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia is looking at becoming universally accessible. Source: My Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia is looking at becoming a universally accessible tourism destination. With one in five Queenslanders having a disability and an ageing population using more mobility aids, everyday access to facilities on the Sunshine Coast is becoming increasingly difficult, according to the Sunshine Coast Council. The Council will host an Inclusive […]

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