Central Australian Tourism Futures: Refining regional development strategies using a systems approach

Central Australian Tourism Futures: Refining regional development strategies using a systems approach Report

DKCRC Working Paper

  • Author(s): Friedel, MH, Chewings, VH
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Desert Knowledge CRC
  • Volume: 29

Abstract: This project is a case study of community involvement in industry and regional development through a whole-system approach to growing the tourist industry in central Australia. The report covers all stages of the project beginning with Stage 1, which deals with the initial creation of a systems model of the industry in collaboration with the tourism industry, government agencies, and the wider community. It summarises the process of engaging support for Stage 2 and details attempts to refine the components of the model and develop an information system in Stage 2. Neither a refinement of the tourism simulator model nor a functional information system were achieved, although extensive information was gathered and interpreted as part of the process. The outcomes were constrained by institutional difficulties despite clear goodwill among the participants. Contrary to expectations, data that would help build the sub-models were not found. An events and attractions investment sub-model was developed as fully as possible to explore data constraints. Information provided by informants was synthesised as far as possible to develop relationships describing economic impacts, but different ways of estimating outcomes were not compatible, even within a single sub-model. A review of recent literature showed that effective modelling required much more sophisticated data gathering than was possible within this project to indicate sustainable yield from different investment strategies. A benefit of this project has been the practical demonstration of the challenges involved in genuinely engaging the community in industry and regional development. A further benefit has been the identification of the particular activities in the project that elicited the greatest response from participants: the systems workshops, trialling the demonstration tourism simulator and one-on-one sharing of information. These should form the basis of future community involvement in regional development rather than any attempt to refine the modelling tools that might be used.

Notes: Central Australian Tourism Futures Stage 2

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Friedel, MH, Chewings, VH, 2008, Central Australian Tourism Futures: Refining regional development strategies using a systems approach, Volume:29, Report, viewed 13 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4699.

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