Community Attitudes: Tourism Development in Natural Environments
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
This chapter outlines various approaches to the environment and tourism, then describes how the community in Gascoyne, a World Heritage Region in Western Australia, views tourism development and how it impacts on the local natural environment and social fabric. It is concluded that the future of sustainable tourism development in host communities lies in its planning and management in local economic, social and physical environments. Careful planning enables developers and managers of tourism to protect the natural environment and bring about a greater understanding of it.