Enablers and Barriers of Tourism as a Driver of Economic and Social‐cultural Growth in Remote Queensland

Summers, Jane and Cavaye, Jim and Woolcock, Geoffrey (2019) Enablers and Barriers of Tourism as a Driver of Economic and Social‐cultural Growth in Remote Queensland. Economic Papers, 31 (2). pp. 77-94. ISSN 0812-0439

Abstract

Regional and remote tourism in Australia is characterised by micro‐, small‐ and medium‐sized businesses, spatially dispersed and fragmented. Characteristics which present unique challenges for these communities attempting to develop tourism as a way of diversifying their economy. This study explored the views and experiences from residents and businesses in six remote local government areas in South Western Queensland to identify the barriers and enablers for remote communities to using tourism as a driver of economic and social‐cultural growth. We found a lack of understanding of the structure and behaviour of the tourism industry; a lack of business acumen; a lack of financial and human resources; and a reluctance to collaborate by tourism businesses to be barriers to tourism‐led economic growth. Enablers to tourism led growth included: local government support for tourism development; a sound understanding of the mechanics and structure of the tourism industry; and the capacity to engage in marketing that captured and narrated the visitor experience in digital channels.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 05:55
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional tourism, regional development
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140216 Tourism Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900301 Economic Issues in Tourism
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12246
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36282

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