New directions for tourism planning: Port Stephens Shire

Traditionally, tourism planning was largely motivated by economic considerations, reflecting the optimism with which tourism was viewed. Recently, however, improved understanding of the costs and benefits of tourism and the importance of host-guest relations in creating a sustainable industry have led to a call for a new approach to tourism planning. This approach, it is argued, should involve the host community. The need for an approach to tourism which is both sensitive and responsive to community needs and concerns has been recognised by the NSW Tourism Commission. Despite this, Port Stephens Shire Council continues to implement a tourism planning strategy which is directed towards economic objectives rather than community concerns. Results of a study of the perceptions of tourism in the shire of selected community members, coupled with evidence of community hostility towards several development projects, point to an urgent need for Port Stephens Shire Council to undertake a review of their planning policy.


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  • Pagination: 201-8

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  • Accession Number: 01434693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 064218240X
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 6:28PM