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Curtin experts to show the future of sustainable tourism for Exmouth

Media release

C139/08

The Ningaloo Tourism Futures Forum
Friday 23 May 2008
3.00-5.00pm
TAFE, Exmouth

Funded by the CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund and
Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre

Four future sustainable tourism scenarios for Ningaloo developed by Curtin University of Technology researchers will be explored at the Ningaloo Tourism Futures Forum on Friday 23 May in Exmouth.

The Forum from 3.00-5.00pm at the Exmouth TAFE is the outcome of a series of Ningaloo Tourism Futures Workshops in 2007 that gathered information from local Exmouth tourism operators, local authorities such as the Shire of Exmouth, and representatives from public agencies and local industries.

The Ningaloo Tourism Futures Workshops were held last year as part of the Ningaloo Tourism Destination Modelling Project led by Curtin’s Professor David Wood and his team of researchers
Dr Tod Jones and Dr Michael Hughes.

Professor Wood said the prototype Ningaloo Tourism Destination Model will be unveiled and demonstrated at the Forum.

“The Ningaloo Tourism Destination Model is a unique and innovative tool for use in determining the social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism along the Ningaloo coast,” Professor Wood said.

“The Model works by producing a representation of tourists’ experiences and impacts and how these may change under different development and management scenarios,” he said.

“The Model will inform tourism planning along the Ningaloo coast and it will be freely provided to the region when it is completed.

“At the Forum there will also be an opportunity to discuss future data collection and an overview of the data we have collected so far – including an eye opening snapshot of tourism in the region in 2007.”

Similar Forums are being held in Carnarvon and Coral Bay on May 22.

The Ningaloo Tourism Destination Model is a project of the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship’s Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster and is funded by CSIRO’s Flagship Collaboration Fund and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). This is the second year of the three year project that will develop a scenario planning tool.

This Project is one of five key models under the Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster which combines the research capabilities of six universities including Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, the University of Queensland, and the Australian National University, CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship and the Sustainable Tourism CRC. It brings together scientists and experts who are looking at how people interact with the Ningaloo Reef and coming up with a carefully managed development plan for the iconic region and its ecosystem. The partners are investing more than $12 million in this collaboration over four years.

For more information on the Ningaloo Tourism Futures Forum contact Curtin’s Dr Tod Jones at T.Jones@curtin.edu.au, 08 9266 4709 or 0439 828 952.