Benefits and costs of tourism for remote communities: case study for the Carpentaria Shire in north-west Queensland

Australia Queensland

This report summarises the results of a research project that studied the relationship between tourism and Carpentaria Shire Qld, as a host region and a host community. Tourism has become a significant industry in Carpentaria Shire since sealed roads ensured easy access by travellers. The regional community is small and tourism has profound impacts. Tourism is dynamic in terms of the number and types of tourists who visit a destination. A clear understanding is required of the factors and relationships shaping tourism development and impact in Carpentaria Shire. To that effect, a model was developed that defines the key factors and relationships relevant for Carpentaria Shire. The model guides data collection and analysis and enables conclusions to be drawn for planning, policy and management at the regional scale to enhance the development of a sustainable and environmentally responsible tourism industry.

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