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Author : Julia N. Albrecht & My N. D. Tran
School/Work Place : Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Contact : julia.albrecht@vuw.ac.nz
Year : 2013

Most tourism development is initiated and led by either the private or the public sector. These projects’ potential impacts on host communities have been explored since the 1980s, and they are now relatively well known. This is not the case for the small but increasing number of Third Sector-led tourism development projects. The Third Sector comprises community and interest groups as well as many volunteer organisations. Even though such players become increasingly involved in tourism and are associated with more sustainable approaches to development, their roles and impacts are not well understood.

This project explores the economic, social and environmental impacts of the Hump Ridge Track (HRT) in Tuatapere, New Zealand, as perceived by members of the local community. This involves a) gaining an understanding of community members’ involvement in the establishment, maintenance, and management of the track, and b) an exploration of their perceptions of the track and its impacts. The project takes a quantitative approach. Data is gathered using a quantitative survey questionnaire. Community members are surveyed using a questionnaire distributed in public places in the Tuatapere community. Descriptive statistical measures and analysis of variance are used in data analysis. Community perceptions are correlated with respondent characteristics such as demographics, previous involvement with the track, and length of residency in Tuatapere, among others.

The contributions of this project are both conceptual and practical. The conceptual contribution lies in an improved understanding of tourism impacts in peripheral rural communities. The shifted focus from public and private sector-led developments to a Third Sector project allows for a more differentiated perspective on host community impacts. It is expected that impacts will be perceived more positively where community members were highly involved in initiating tourism development. The practical contribution lies in insights into community perspectives that may shed light on tourism management and project implementation by Third Sector organisations in a peripheral rural context.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
7 Think Tank V An Economic Explanation of the Net Benefits of Tourism... file 2390 Oct 13, 2013

International tourism is increasingly viewed as one of the best opportunities for a sustainable economic and social development of developing countries. There is also an increasing concern from public policy makers as to whether mass tourism...

Author: Mondher Sahli & Jean-Jacques Nowak 

Year: 2005 

6 Think Tank VIII Assessing Whose Quality of Life: A Critical Examinatio... file 2695 Oct 13, 2013

Almost all the academic literature on tourism impacts has focussed on the consequences of tourism for the destination and its residents. Very little attention has been paid to the impacts of tourism on tourists. Virtually all cost-benefit an...

Author: Gianna Moscardo 

Year: 2008 

» Think Tank XIII Tourism development led by the Third Sector - Impacts ... file 3663 Nov 06, 2013

Most tourism development is initiated and led by either the private or the public sector. These projects’ potential impacts on host communities have been explored since the 1980s, and they are now relatively well known. This is not the case ...

Author: Julia N. Albrecht & My N. D. Tran 

Year: 2013 

4 Think Tank XIII Building community capacity by developing regional bus... file 3625 Nov 06, 2013

Tourism is often proposed as a strategy for community development, especially in rural or remote regions where traditional industries, such as agriculture, are experiencing an economic downturn and there are limited alternative opportunities...

Author: Anna Blackman 

Year: 2013 

3 OPA award Using Tourism to Build Social Capital in Communities: ... file 7676 Nov 06, 2013

Despite considerable discussion about how tourism could or should contribute to sustainable destination development, there is little evidence that the practice of tourism planning or development has altered in any significant way in the last...

Author: Gianna Moscardo, Andrea Schurmann, Elena Konovalov & Nancy G. McGehee 

Year: 2013 

2 Think Tank XIII Using Tourism to Build Social Capital in Communities: ... file 12842 Nov 06, 2013

Despite considerable discussion about how tourism could or should contribute to sustainable destination development, there is little evidence that the practice of tourism planning or development has altered in any significant way in the last...

Author: Gianna Moscardo, Andrea Schurmann, Elena Konovalov & Nancy G. McGehee 

Year: 2013 

1 Think Tank XIII Visitors' and Residents' Perception of Tourism Impact ... file 10861 Nov 06, 2013

Tourism is one of the leading contributors to service industry in Malaysia and is gradually growing. The growth of this industry brings impact towards the environment, specifically the water quality of islands. This study views into the visi...

Author: Murugadas Ramdas & Badaruddin Mohamed 

Year: 2013 

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