An empirical assessment of stakeholder understanding of sustainable tourism in alpine protected areas

Imran, Sophia and Alam, Khorshed and Beaumont, Narelle (2012) An empirical assessment of stakeholder understanding of sustainable tourism in alpine protected areas. TEAM Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 9 (1). pp. 15-25. ISSN 1823-4003

Abstract

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 while semi-structured interviews were conducted 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 acute 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 for sustainable tourism. Implications are discussed for building a more integrated policy approach to sustainable tourism development in protected areas.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 03:03
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 02:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable tourism; participatory governance; protected areas; tourism planning; integrated management
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140216 Tourism Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160513 Tourism Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9098 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism > 909899 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23516

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