The use of values to understand visitors to natural areas: a study of campers on the Murray River

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Winter, Caroline. 2005. "The use of values to understand visitors to natural areas: a study of campers on the Murray River." Journal of Tourism Studies. 16 (1), pp. 38-47.
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The use of values to understand visitors to natural areas: a study of campers on the Murray River

ERA Journal ID19680
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AuthorWinter, Caroline
Journal TitleJournal of Tourism Studies
Journal Citation16 (1), pp. 38-47
Number of Pages10
Year2005
Place of PublicationTownsville, Australia
ISSN1035-4662
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=200509018;res=APAFT
Abstract

In Australia, protected areas such as national parks have
extensive strategies in place to ensure the natural environment is conserved, and visitors are provided with a range of opportunities for satisfying experiences. Many areas, such as those in privately owned or unprotected areas have not yet developed such measures. A growing but relatively unknown type of recreation and tourism is the vehicle-based market which includes caravanning, camping and
four wheel driving. This market is attracted to these remote areas and is beginning to create a number of negative
impacts. It is a significant management problem that
relatively little is known about.
This paper describes an exploratory study conducted at a site on the Murray River in South Australia. Campers were grouped into two clusters, Nature lovers and Recreationists, based upon their values. The clusters
differed in their intrinsic, use and non-use values but were
similar with respect to their recreation values. The clusters indicated some differences in their attitudes to management and their support for the introduction of facilities. The campers' perceptions of the site's naturalness were also measured.

Keywordscampers; natural area values; national parks; vehicles; nature lovers; recreationists; Murray River
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350806. Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
410403. Environmental education and extension
440608. Recreation, leisure and tourism geography
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Marketing and Tourism
EventAPDSI 2005
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28 Jun 2005 to end of 02 Jul 2005
Event Location
Taipei, Taiwan
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