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Geotourism - Pathways for Future Development in Australia Geotourism Workshop, Global Eco 2015

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  1. 1. ““Geotourism - Pathways for FutureGeotourism - Pathways for Future Development in AustraliaDevelopment in Australia”” Geotourism Workshop, Global Eco 2015Geotourism Workshop, Global Eco 2015 1919thth November 2015November 2015 Angus M RobinsonAngus M Robinson
  2. 2. Today’s AgendaToday’s Agenda  Landscapes, natural heritage & the environment  What do we mean by geotourism?  Australia’s National Landscapes  Geotrails  Take Aways
  3. 3. Environment, Natural & Cultural HeritageEnvironment, Natural & Cultural Heritage comprises the following:comprises the following: 1.1. AAbioticbiotic – non-living aspects such as the climate & geology– non-living aspects such as the climate & geology e.g. landscape and landforms:e.g. landscape and landforms: GEODIVERSITYGEODIVERSITY 2.2. BBioticiotic – the living parts eg. fauna (animals) and flora– the living parts eg. fauna (animals) and flora (plants):(plants): BIODIVERSITYBIODIVERSITY 3.3. CCulturalultural – past & present, non-living & built– past & present, non-living & built PartsParts B+CB+C are well interpreted within tourism, especially throughare well interpreted within tourism, especially through ecotourism and cultural tourism,ecotourism and cultural tourism, butbut AA has typically not beenhas typically not been addressedaddressed Source: Dowling, 2013
  4. 4. Geotourism DefinitionGeotourism Definition ‘Geotourism is tourism which focuses on an area's geology and landscapegeology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment’.
  5. 5. Geotourism - asGeotourism - as oneone of the components of theof the components of the many types of ‘place-based’ tourismmany types of ‘place-based’ tourism Sightseeing Cuisine Agritourism Indigenous Tourism Heritage Tourism Cultural Tourism Ecotourism GeotourismGeotourism
  6. 6. Geotourism incorporatingGeotourism incorporating all types of ‘place-based’ tourismall types of ‘place-based’ tourism National Geographic PerspectiveNational Geographic Perspective Boley, B.B. after Thompson, S. 2009 Sightseeing Cuisine Agritourism Indigenous Tourism Heritage Tourism Cultural Tourism ECOTOURISM GeotourismGeotourism i.e. ‘experientiali.e. ‘experiential tourism’tourism’
  7. 7. Geotourism – National Geographic Society & theGeotourism – National Geographic Society & the Travel Industry Association of America (1997)Travel Industry Association of America (1997)  Geotourism is "best practice" tourism that sustains, or even enhances, the geographical character of a placegeographical character of a place, such as its culture, environment, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.  Like ecotourism, geotourism promotes a virtuous circlegeotourism promotes a virtuous circle whereby tourism revenues provide a local incentive to protect what tourists are coming to see, but extends the principle beyond nature and ecology to incorporate allincorporate all characteristics that contribute to sense of placecharacteristics that contribute to sense of place.  Geotourism incorporates sustainability principles,sustainability principles, but in addition to the do-no-harm ethic, geotourism focuses on thegeotourism focuses on the place as a whole.place as a whole.
  8. 8. Geotourism – Potential MarketsGeotourism – Potential Markets Tourism Industry ViewTourism Industry View ‘‘Experiential’Experiential’ Domestic TravellersDomestic Travellers Geologists/Geomorphologists/SpeliologistsGeologists/Geomorphologists/Speliologists /Paleontologists/Paleontologists School GroupsSchool Groups ‘‘Experiential’Experiential’ Overseas TravellersOverseas Travellers Geopark InterestsGeopark Interests
  9. 9. Geotourism – Diversity of SitesGeotourism – Diversity of Sites GeotourismGeotourism IconsIcons ((Inc National Landscapes)Inc National Landscapes) Mine Sites National Parks/Reserves/National Parks/Reserves/ Urban ParksUrban Parks Geo-trailsGeo-trails Geo-sitesGeo-sites Geoparks// PaleoParksPaleoParks Caves/Karst Areas Landforms WHAsWHAs
  10. 10. Australia’s National Landscapes ProgrammeAustralia’s National Landscapes Programme Partnership between tourism and conservation that aims to:  Promote world class, high qualityworld class, high quality visitor experiences  Increase the value of tourism to regional economiesvalue of tourism to regional economies  Enhance the role of protected areasrole of protected areas in those economies  Build support for protecting our natural and cultural assetsprotecting our natural and cultural assets A long term strategic approach To differentiate Australia’sTo differentiate Australia’s iconic natural and culturaliconic natural and cultural destinations from anythingdestinations from anything else available in the worldelse available in the world.
  11. 11. Alice Springs Uluru Red Centre National Landscape ‘features an ancient landscape with erosional remnants (geosites) linked to a common geological heritage’
  12. 12. Iconic Geotourism Themes of theIconic Geotourism Themes of the Red Centre National LandscapeRed Centre National Landscape  AA: Landforms and ancient geology: Landforms and ancient geology  BB: Red Kangaroo species, and other type: Red Kangaroo species, and other type flora/faunaflora/fauna  CC: Indigenous (and European) culture: Indigenous (and European) culture
  13. 13. Geotrail Characteristics -Geotrail Characteristics - A First DefinitionA First Definition ‘A Geotrail delivers geotourism experiences through a journey linked by an area's geologygeology and landscapeand landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment’.
  14. 14. Island of Tasmania
  15. 15. Island of Tasmania
  16. 16. Island of Tasmania
  17. 17. Island of Tasmania
  18. 18. Island of Tasmania
  19. 19. Island of Tasmania
  20. 20. Island of Tasmania
  21. 21. Island of Tasmania
  22. 22. Island of Tasmania National Landscape Cradlecoast GeoTrailCradlecoast GeoTrail
  23. 23. ‘‘The Living Earth’ – Cradle Coast GeotrailThe Living Earth’ – Cradle Coast Geotrail
  24. 24. Flinders RangesFlinders Ranges National LandscapeNational Landscape Brachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo ValleyBrachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo Valley
  25. 25. Australia’s Coastal Wilderness National Landscape Geo-heritage journey and geotrails
  26. 26. Great Ocean Road National Landscape Great Ocean Road and Kanawinka Geotrail ?
  27. 27. Grand Canyon Time TrailGrand Canyon Time Trail Descends ~1.3km and trail is >5km longDescends ~1.3km and trail is >5km long
  28. 28. Grand Canyon TimeGrand Canyon Time TrailTrail
  29. 29. Why Geotrails?Why Geotrails? 1. Relates directly to the tourism experience of a journey linking destinations. 2.2. In Australia, unlike geoparks,In Australia, unlike geoparks, geotrails have widespread appeal, and do not compete with or, and do not compete with or impact on land management/access issues.impact on land management/access issues. 3.3. Geotrails are relatively easy to establish andGeotrails are relatively easy to establish and represent arepresent a very cost effective means of enhancingvery cost effective means of enhancing regional developmentregional development..
  30. 30. Best Practice GeotrailsBest Practice Geotrails 1.1. Should be constructed aroundShould be constructed around routes currently usedroutes currently used by touristsby tourists; geotrails should form logical journeys; geotrails should form logical journeys linking accommodation destinations.linking accommodation destinations. 2.2. ShouldShould meld the geological heritage features of ameld the geological heritage features of a region with a cohesive story.region with a cohesive story. 3.3. ShouldShould incorporate and package in the biodiversityincorporate and package in the biodiversity and cultural components (including mining heritage)and cultural components (including mining heritage) of the region through which the geotrail traverses.of the region through which the geotrail traverses.
  31. 31. Take-AwaysTake-Aways  The incorporation of the geotourism experience (with traditional nature tourism and elements oftraditional nature tourism and elements of other ‘place based’ tourism)other ‘place based’ tourism) creates a more holistic experience, and is a move towards the experientialexperiential tourism modeltourism model. In short, ‘experiential’ tourists seek memorable experiencesmemorable experiences.  Australia’s National LandscapesAustralia’s National Landscapes and many other regional areas of Australia are key ‘iconic’‘iconic’ places where geotourism is centre stagewhere geotourism is centre stage.  Australia has a big future for geotourismbig future for geotourism particularly given the emerging demand from overseas markets.overseas markets.
  32. 32. Take-AwaysTake-Aways  Creating geotrailsCreating geotrails is arguably the easiest way ofis arguably the easiest way of providing early pathways for geotourism activities inproviding early pathways for geotourism activities in Australia.Australia.  New ICT technologiesNew ICT technologies offer cost effective solutionsoffer cost effective solutions of providing travellers with interpretativeof providing travellers with interpretative information.information.  Successful roll-out ofSuccessful roll-out of geotrails will instill confidencegeotrails will instill confidence in geotourism,in geotourism, providing a future pathway toproviding a future pathway to geopark establishment and development ingeopark establishment and development in Australia.Australia.  Ecotourism operators would be advised to startEcotourism operators would be advised to start promoting geotourism features of their products.promoting geotourism features of their products.
  33. 33. Contact DetailsContact Details angus@leisuresolutions.com.auangus@leisuresolutions.com.au 0418 488 3400418 488 340 Join the LinkedIn Discussion Group: ‘Australian Geotourism Development’

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