Resorting to Tourism: Cultural Policies for Tourist Development in Australia
OverviewThis book examines the question of whether tourism is the panacea for Australia's economy as its pundits would have us believe, or, whether current policies will promote short-term economic benefits at the expense of long-term social and economic costs. "Resorting to tourism" argues that current policies rely unduly on short-term economic indicators. Such policies downplay certain structural, social and environmental factors which shape the tourist industry and its long-term viability. Tourism requires a cultural policy rather than an industrial policy; in particular, a policy which acknowledges the costs and impacts of tourism, as much as purported economic benefits. Having developed a framework for considering tourism as a cultural policy, Craik applies it to recent tourist activity on the Great Barrier Reef and in Queensland. Finally, she assesses the formation of national policies for tourism in Australia. This book is intended for students and researchers in tourism, Australian studies and cultural studies.
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