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The Future of Nature Tourism in Tasmania: A Nature Tourism Plan Should Say What?
The Tasmania’s Government’s tourism policy, T21, is inherently unsustainable, with a singular focus on increasing tourism numbers. A key part of the T21 policy, the “unlock the parks” policy, seeks to develop and privatise national parks and World Heritage wilderness. This is also inherently contradictory, given that experiencing wilderness is the preeminent trigger of people wanting to visit Tasmania.

Tourism is preferable to extractive industries and has the potential to help protect and enhance natural values. Therefore, Tasmania would benefit from identifying the parts of tourism that benefit Tasmania’s natural and wilderness values - such as the emerging field of regenerative tourism (along with identifying those aspects of tourism that are detrimental), and packaging them into a tourism policy.

Given we are not experts in tourism, we seek the advice of experts and wilderness lovers about what such an approach could look like for Tasmania.

This forum is designed to collectively collate and develop elements of ‘sustainable tourism’ policy for Tasmania’s incredible natural and wild values - not just increasing visitation numbers.

Speakers:

Can Seng Ooi
Professor of Cultural and Heritage Tourism
University of Tasmania

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles
Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management
University South Australia

Kate Johnston
Tasmanian Wilderness Guides Association

Fiona Weaver
Tassie Bound Adventure Tours

Mar 31, 2021 06:00 PM in Hobart

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