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Local engagement in economic development and industrial collaboration around australia's gunbarrel highway

Cartan, Greg and Carson, Dean B. (2009). Local engagement in economic development and industrial collaboration around australia's gunbarrel highway. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment,11(2):169-186.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 78669150xPUB37
Title Local engagement in economic development and industrial collaboration around australia's gunbarrel highway
Author Cartan, Greg
Carson, Dean B.
Journal Name Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 11
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1461-6688   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-70349992323
Start Page 169
End Page 186
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The four-wheel drive (4WD) tourism market has been identified as an important one for desert Australia. The market appears to be relatively large and likely to continue to grow in the foreseeable future. Desert 'tracks' are the core attraction for 4WD tourists, allowing them to disperse from the major road networks and service centres. While this presents an opportunity for economic development, little is currently known about the economic organization of tracks, and particularly how they contribute to local economies. This research maps out some aspects of economic activity around the Gunbarrel Highway to explore the extent to which local entrepreneurship and collaboration is apparent. The research shows that the 4WD market is unlikely to respond in the same way as other drive tourism markets to the introduction of new products and infrastructure, and there is a risk that local economic benefits from this activity will continue to be marginal. There appears to be little advantage taken of potential opportunities to diversify the market through collaborative arrangements.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616680902827126   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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