An empirical assessment of stakeholders' understanding of sustainable tourism in the alpine protected areas

Imran, Sophia and Alam, Khorshed and Beaumont, Narelle (2012) An empirical assessment of stakeholders' understanding of sustainable tourism in the alpine protected areas. In: 4th Asia-Euro Conference in Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy: The Way Forward: Exploring Multidisciplinary Approaches, 28 Nov - 1 Dec 2012, Subang Jaya, Malaysia.


Sustainable tourism has been widely viewed as an effective way of addressing the socio-economic and environmental issues associated with protected areas, particularly alpine protected areas which are popular destinations providing opportunities for adventure tourism with close-to-nature experiences. Nevertheless, the impact of tourism is controversial and its sustainability is not always evident both in terms of socio-economic development and nature conservation. This paper assesses the level of understanding of multiple stakeholders about sustainable tourism in the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), located in Pakistan's peripheral province of Gilgit-Baltistan, where nature tourism is considered to be the most promising activity to overcome livelihood and conservation problems. Data were collected from four stakeholder groups using a previously structured survey instrument about their level of understanding of sustainable tourism and semi-structured interviews about the barriers to achieving sustainable tourism. The findings disclosed that, although stakeholders had a moderately high level of understanding of sustainable tourism, the main obstacles and challenges that underpinned sustainable tourism development in CKNP were strong fragmentation between public and private entities, absence of a participatory governance structure, and a lack of tourism management plan for CKNP's potential future as a destination of sustainable tourism. Implications are discussed for building a more integrated policy approach to sustainable tourism development in protected areas.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2012 Taylor's University Sdn Bhd, Subang Jaya, Malaysia. All rights reserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publishers.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 01:36
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 03:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable tourism; participatory governance; protected areas; tourism planning; integrated management; CKNP; Pakistan
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism

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