Essays on Kangaroo Island - Policy, Planning and Development for Tourism Case Study

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The paper 'Kangaroo Island - Policy, Planning and Development for Tourism" is a good example of a tourism case study. This paper will seek to find and highlight ways in overall policy, planning and development of tourism are to be formulated and implemented in a sustainable manner. It will seek to establish the role of various players in the tourist sector in playing their part in their coordinated efforts to make tourism address itself to the community, the environment and the economy. The government and the community will use the framework discussed to play as it engages in tourism development to attain sustainability in the long term over an infinite future by employing finite strategies available at their disposal.

The conclusion or recommendation will inform future decisions to attain sustainable tourism. Introduction The term sustainable tourism can be defined as developing tourist facilities in a manner as to envision the future of it in the wider context of the environment and the comfort of the community affected by the tourist activities. Sustainable tourism has coined the concept of sustainable development in which the community is meeting its current needs while taking care of the generations to come.

Future generations should find the environment as ‘ natural’ as it is today. Sustainable tourism will therefore take care of the environment, the wider community and the economy. (Swarbrooke, 1999). Kangaroo Island(KI) is the most iconic tourist destination in southern Australia located in the southern cape of South Australia. It has a 509 kilometre coastline and 155 kilometres in length from east to west 55kilometres at the widest point and 1 kilometre at the narrowest point and 307 metres above sea level in altitude at its highest point.

It is inhabited by a population of about 4300 people. The Island is accessible by ferry or by air. Overall tourism employs 20% of the population but the economy of the island also depends on agriculture (sheep, wool and grains), forestry and fishing and is administered by Kangaroo Island Council from Kingscote in the eastern region. Tourist visit was estimated at 251,000 in 2003. Expenditure by a tourist on the island is about $38 million per annum. (TOMM, 2006)


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