Author : Maeve Morrissey, Kevin Griffin & Sheila Flanagan
School/Work Place : Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
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Year : 2010

The DIT-ACHIEV Model is a model of sustainable tourism indicators developed in a previous research project undertaken by the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology. The indicators represent six fields of interest – Administration, Community, Heritage, Infrastructure, Enterprise and Visitor (Flanagan et al, 2007). This current research addresses the implementation of the DIT- ACHIEV model in an Irish tourism destination, with the objective to assess whether it can be implemented by the local community in any tourism destination.

The methodology used to implement the model is based on recommendations by Goodey (1995) and Denman (2006). Goodey suggests that a local network of interested parties is required to achieve sustainable tourism (1995). Denman proposes that a multi-interest working group should be created and wide public consultation is necessary for sustainable tourism. The model is being piloted in Killarney and Carlingford, Ireland; the two destinations were selected via a competitive tender process. This paper will discuss the challenges encountered following the methodology in Killarney.

There were numerous public consultations to ensure community participation, which identified sustainable tourism issues. Subsequently, a situational analysis was performed using pre-existing datasets where possible; this revealed data gaps regarding visitor and resident perceptions. Consequently visitor and resident surveys were developed to capture this information. The visitor survey methodology is working well. However the numbers of residents completing the resident survey were initially very low.

The main difficulty in implementing the model has been engaging the public. Conversely, the community involvement in the visitor surveys is one of the most positive outcomes. The lessons learnt from the Killarney experience will be used in the second destination with the aim of developing a best practice toolkit for the implementation of sustainable tourism.

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254 Think Tank IX Exploring Tourists’ Environmental Learning, Values, an... file 5086 Oct 13, 2013

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253 Think Tank XIV Development of a Certification System for Sustainable ... file 5073 Jun 27, 2014

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252 Think Tank XVI The impact of CSR activities of family businesses on c... file 5041 Jul 02, 2016

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251 Think Tank XIV Exploring Policy, Politics and Governance through Stak... file 5020 Jun 27, 2014

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250 Think Tank VII Innovations in Volunteer Tourism: A Case Study of Fund... file 5001 Oct 13, 2013

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249 Think Tank X Sustainability: What Matters to Students, Educators, a... file 4985 Oct 13, 2013

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248 Think Tank XII Destination Governance and Tourist Mobilities: New Par... file 4981 Nov 06, 2013

Resort communities are complex systems where destination governance has become increasingly challenged by new mobilities of capital, finance, labor, communication, transportation, leisure and tourism. Popular destinations like the coastal co...

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Year: 2012 

247 Think Tank XIII Modeling the Index Components of Tourist Satisfaction ... file 4962 Nov 06, 2013

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Author: Toney K. Thomas 

Year: 2013 

246 Think Tank XIV Psychological Empowerment as Good Policy for Governanc... file 4953 Jun 26, 2014

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the potential impact psychological empowerment can have on sustainable tourism policy objectives, including improving resident attitudes toward tourism, enhancing destination competitiveness, and maint...

Author: B. Bynum Boley & Nancy Gard McGehee 

Year: 2014 

245 Think Tank XIV Exploring the potential of Community Based Ecotourism ... file 4930 Jun 27, 2014

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Author: Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton, Amy Reggers & Hanna Sakata 

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244 Think Tank XIII Building community capacity by developing regional bus... file 4904 Nov 06, 2013

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Author: Anna Blackman 

Year: 2013 

243 Think Tank VIII Lifestyle Oriented Small Tourism [LOST] Firms in the F... file 4881 Oct 13, 2013

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Author: Jack Carlsen & Alison Morrison 

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242 Think Tank VIII Emerging Green Tourists: Their Behaviours and Attitudes file 4847 Oct 13, 2013

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Author: Sue Bergin-Seers & Judith Mair 

Year: 2008 

241 Think Tank XII Sustainable Tourism: Is it better to travel or not to ... file 4836 Nov 06, 2013

Tourism’s growing contribution to climate change has come to the forefront of the sustainable tourism literature as evidenced by the Journal of Sustainable Tourism’s (JOST) 2010 publication of a special issue titled “Tourism: Adapting to Cli...

Author: B. Bynum Boley 

Year: 2012 

240 Think Tank XIV The Emergence of Cross-border Governance Structures: t... file 4779 Jun 26, 2014

It is well recognized that the local borders of a tourism destination are not easy to delineate as they are constantly changing through complex practices and discourses due to historical, political, and economic factors. In fact, recent stud...

Author: Dani Blasco, Jaume Guia & Lluís Prats 

Year: 2014 

239 Think Tank XIV Current Global Initiatives to Address the Sustainabili... file 4775 Jul 07, 2014

A number of ongoing and new initiatives aim at the tourism sector with the intention of improving sustainability within the sector and through tourism in other economic and social activities. Dirk's presentation reflects on UNWTO’s position ...

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238 Think Tank V Resident Segments Using SUS-TAS file 4761 Oct 13, 2013

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237 Think Tank XIII Regional Collaboration as the Conduit for Sustainable ... file 4715 Nov 06, 2013

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Year: 2013 

236 Think Tank IX Valuing water: Perceived differences in attitude and u... file 4691 Oct 13, 2013

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Author: Alison M. Gill, Peter W. Williams & Shelagh Thompson 

Year: 2009 

235 Think Tank XII Controlling and Influencing Visitor Flow as a Basis fo... file 4636 Nov 06, 2013

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Author: David Ward-Perkins & Frédéric Dimanche 

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