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Geotourism: by Professor Ross Dowling OAM

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Presentation to the Preconference Workshop (Geotourism for Geoscientists), AGCC 2018, 14th October 2018

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Geotourism: by Professor Ross Dowling OAM

  1. 1. 1 Geotourism Professor Ross Dowling OAM Foundation Professor of Tourism Edith Cowan University, Perth Workshop 9 Geotourism for Geoscientists Sunday 14 October 2018
  2. 2. 2 Three Global Geotourism Books 2006 2010 2010
  3. 3. 3 Handbook of Geotourism • Edited by Ross Dowling & David Newsome • 36 chapters, 5 parts on geology & tourism, environmental issues, interpretation, geoparks and case studies • 54 contributors from 23 countries on 6 continents • Released next month
  4. 4. 4 Sultanate of Oman - 2011 Global Geotourism Conferences Australia - 2008 Malaysia - 2010
  5. 5. 5 Trail of Time Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA - 2011
  6. 6. 6 Volcandpark Conference Olot, Catalonia, Spain - 2012
  7. 7. 7 Planning & Development Providing Expert Advice on a Proposed Geological Theme Park, Zhongzhou, Henan, China - 2014
  8. 8. 8 The Business of Geotourism & Geoparks: An International Workshop Mon 14 May, DBCA, Perth
  9. 9. 9 Contents of Presentation 1. Geotourism 2. Case Studies • USA • Oman • South Korea • Iceland 3. Western Australia
  10. 10. 10 Geotourism is not geological tourism
  11. 11. 11 Geological Tourism • Geological tourism is a niche form of tourism which focuses primarily on people experiencing the Earth’s key geological features and processes • It includes the interpretation of a range of features from landscapes & landforms to rocks and fossils etc
  12. 12. 12 Geotourism is far broader than geological tourism but its base lies firmly in geological tourism
  13. 13. 13 Geotourism • Geotourism is a holistic form of tourism which links geology & climate with fauna & flora so as to inform how people have lived in a place in the past as well as today • Geotourism fosters sustainable, regional, economic development
  14. 14. 14 Geotourism - A New Form of Tourism  Geotourism starts with a focus on the Abiotic environment, ie: geology  It uses this to inform the Biotic environment (plants & animals) as well the Cultural environment (people - past & present)  Geotourism can occur in either natural or built environments
  15. 15. 15 The Environment ‘ABC’ elements Tourism Type Geotourism Abiotic Non living Climate Landforms Geological Weather Outback Astronomical This is a more holistic approach to tourism and comprises all three ‘ABC’ elements of the environment as well as their related tourism types Biotic Living Animals (Fauna) Plants (Flora) Nature Based Ecotourism Wildlife / flower Cultural Human People: Past & Present Cultural Indigenous Heritage The Environment and Tourism
  16. 16. 16 Biotic Cultural Galapagos Abiotic
  17. 17. 17 1. Sultanate of Oman – Al Hoota Cave 2. South Korea – Jeju Island 3. Iceland – Eyjafjallajökull Volcano 4. USA – Teton Geotourism Center Geotourism Case Studies
  18. 18. 18 Geotourism around the world Teton Geotourism Center, USA Al Hoota Cave Oman Heimaey Island Iceland Jeju Island South Korea
  19. 19. 19 Sultanate of Oman – Al Hoota Cave
  20. 20. 20 Wadi Ghul
  21. 21. 21 Al Hoota Cave
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  23. 23. 23 Excellent Visitor Centre
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  26. 26. 26 Train journey to the cave
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  28. 28. 28 Drive Trail in Oman
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  31. 31. 31 South Korea - Jeju Island
  32. 32. 32 Jeju Island
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  34. 34. 34 Jeju Island, A Global Geopark
  35. 35. 35 Mt Halla The highest mountain in South Korea 1950 m (6400 ft)
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  37. 37. 37
  38. 38. 38 The Triple Crown
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  40. 40. 40 Silver Shadow Jusangjeolli Cliffs – columnar basalt columns
  41. 41. 41 Excellent Interpretation
  42. 42. 42 Iceland – building a future through geotourism
  43. 43. 43 Iceland
  44. 44. 44 Earthquake Zones
  45. 45. 45 Eyjafjallajökull The volcano that stopped the world
  46. 46. 46 Summer School on Geotourism & Geoparks
  47. 47. 47 Strokkur Geyser
  48. 48. 48
  49. 49. 49 Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Visitor Centre
  50. 50. 50 Excellent Interpretation
  51. 51. 51 Interesting Exhibits
  52. 52. 52 Cashing in on the ‘Ash’ [Brand]
  53. 53. 53 Guðný provides a strong ‘Connection’ with the geological, natural and cultural environments
  54. 54. 54 USA – Teton Geotourism Centre
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  56. 56. 56
  57. 57. 57
  58. 58. 58
  59. 59. 59 Abiotic
  60. 60. 60 Biotic
  61. 61. 61 Biotic
  62. 62. 62 Cultural
  63. 63. 63 Cultural - Tourism past and present
  64. 64. 64 Geotourism in Western Australia The West Australian - 25 May 2018
  65. 65. 65 New Geotourism Attractions Castle Rock Skywalk, Porongurup NP
  66. 66. 66 Castle Rock Skywalk
  67. 67. 67 The Natural Bridge, Kalbarri
  68. 68. 68 The Skywalk, Kalbarri
  69. 69. 69 Margaret River Augusta Margaret River Times - 28 September 2018
  70. 70. 70 The Peel Region Peel Magazine Spring/Summer 2018
  71. 71. 71 The Pilbara Region Pilbara News, 5 September 2018
  72. 72. 72 The Murchison Region
  73. 73. 73 Rich in geology
  74. 74. 74
  75. 75. 75 1. Reposition the Murchison as a GeoRegion 2. Identify additional geosites and geotrails 3. Build the GeoRegion brand 4. Create a Geopark The Murchison GeoRegion
  76. 76. 76 The Murchison GeoRegion 5 point development plan 1. Identify new Geo-sites 2. Establish Geotrails 3. Engage Communities 4. Market the GeoRegion 5. Establish a Geopark
  77. 77. 77 The Murchison Region Established Geotrails A Geo Hub
  78. 78. 78 Murchison Tourism’s Edge In the Murchison GeoRegion each geo-attraction or geotrail is presented holistically through its linked ‘ABC’ features: Abiotic – landforms & climate Biotic – plants and animals Culture – past and present This tells the complete story
  79. 79. 79 Abiotic - London Bridge, Sandstone
  80. 80. 80 Orbicular Granite, Mt Magnet
  81. 81. 81 Biotic - Plants
  82. 82. 82 Biotic - Animals
  83. 83. 83 Cultural - Aboriginal
  84. 84. 84 Cultural - European
  85. 85. 85 Regional Commitment Mid West Times - 25 April 2018
  86. 86. 86 The peak industry group for Australia’s Tourism, Transport & Aviation sectors 1. Tourism will be one of Australia’s largest employers and wealth creators in the next decade 2. Overall tourism spending is expected to grow by 57% to $204 billion by 2026 3. Tourism is growing at such a spectacular rate that in less than five years it has the potential to leapfrog manufacturing to become one of our biggest employers and completely dwarf mining, agriculture and financial services Tourism: Supercharging Australia’s Future Report released 12 April 2018
  87. 87. 87 Conclusions • Geotourism is a holistic form of tourism based on geological tourism • It uses geology to inform biotic and cultural connections to the landscape • It is a powerful new tool for sustainable, regional economic development
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  89. 89. 89 Geotourism Workshop Goals 1. Understand geotourism 2. Learn what is happening in Australia 3. Explore geotourism’s components 4. Link geotourism, georegions & geoparks 5. Discuss the establishment of a National Geotourism Strategy
  90. 90. 90 Geotourism THE END Ross Dowling r.dowling@ecu.edu.au

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