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Krisztian Vas Dr. Paul Eagles [email_address] [email_address] Masters Candidate Professor and Chair Tourism Policy & Planning Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies Faculty of Environment Director, Department of Geography Master’s Program in Tourism Policy & Planning University of Waterloo University of Waterloo
The same entities are usually entrusted in managing such tourism trails, however few have a formal or regularly occurring monitoring system that can illustrate trail performance, i.e. annual or semi-annual monitoring.
Most trails have a website and provide free maps and directions, however few are directly linked with hotels, restaurants, guiding services or transportation companies.
Very few trails are developed and managed from a tourism planners perspective and none utilize formal planning knowledge or principles; rather it is often wildlife biologists, conservation agencies or state or provincial agencies or enthusiasts who come up with the idea and plan such trails.
If and when tourism professional or consultants are hired to develop such trails, they very much treat the project as a business and are reluctant to disclose how they planned the trail.
PHASE 3-Case Study Area: Counties of Essex and Chatham Kent
Advisory Committee will assist with the following decisions:
Size and scope of the activity
Selection of sites
Choosing accessory institutions to be associated with the birding trail, such as accommodation providers, transportation routes, transportation companies, restaurant and food provision facilities, and specialist stores.
Developing a Product club organization to oversee trail, including issues of structure and funding apparatus.
Marketing of the Product Club, through such things as a trail map, a web site, a birding trail passport, and a communication hub.
the issue of management, evaluation and monitoring the operation of the trail and product club.