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Title: Evaluating natural attractions for tourism
Authors: Deng, J
King, B
Bauer, T
Keywords: Ecotourism
Evaluation and rating system
National parks
Nature-based tourism
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Annals of tourism research, 2002, v. 29, no. 2, p. 422-438 How to cite?
Journal: Annals of tourism research 
Abstract: As nature-based tourism grows, protected areas will witness increasing pressure from tourists, with the quality of destination attributes exerting a considerable influence over their experience. An evaluation and rating system may help tourists to select sites, enhance their satisfaction, and encourage them to act responsibly. Managers may also gain a better understanding of how to operate such sites. The paper proposes a hierarchical structure for the assessment of protected areas by the assignment of priorities to the various elements of the structure. By applying the Standard Deviation Method, the research categorized Victorian parks in Australia into four levels, which were found to correlate closely with prevailing visitation levels and with park popularity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9247
ISSN: 0160-7383
EISSN: 1873-7722
DOI: 10.1016/S0160-7383(01)00068-8
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