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Four wheel drive tourism and economic development opportunities for remote areas

Taylor, Andrew and Carson, Dean B. (2010). Four wheel drive tourism and economic development opportunities for remote areas. Tourismos: an international multidisciplinary journal of tourism,5(2):69-85.

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Title Four wheel drive tourism and economic development opportunities for remote areas
Author Taylor, Andrew
Carson, Dean B.
Journal Name Tourismos: an international multidisciplinary journal of tourism
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 5
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1790-8418   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77958106568
Start Page 69
End Page 85
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication Greece
Publisher University of the Aegean * Interdepartmental Program of Postgraduate Studies in Tourism
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Desert areas account for around 70% of Australia’s landmass but are home to less than 3% of the population. The economies of many desert areas have been described as marginal or peripheral. Tourism is an important economic activity for desert destinations and one sector, four wheel drive tourism, has been gaining increasing attention. This paper examines the spending patterns of four wheel drive visitors to desert regions of the Northern Territory of Australia and compares them to non-four wheel drive leisure visitors for a five year period from 2000 to 2004. In addition to assessing the amount of expenditure (overall and per day), the research investigates whether there were differences in expenditure items and the dispersal of expenditure among destinations. This information can help inform decisions about levels of investment for attracting the four wheel drive market which might be justified, and the types of product opportunities that might arise from a growing market.

Keywords Four wheel drive tourism
Desert tourism
Economic contribution of tourism
Remote area tourism
Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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