The paper 'Fremantle Prison Field Trip ' is a great example of a Business Case Study. Tourism attraction sites are the key aspects that make the tourism industry to survive and be meaningful to the countries that depend on tourism as an economic activity. Many countries in the world discover new tourism sites yearly and this improves their tourism activities. The new tourism sites that are discovered are extensively becoming famous to the extent that they are outdoing the previous sites that were renowned. Furthermore, the new sites are developing very fast, making the tourism industries to expand and thus boosting the economic activities of most countries.
One of the new tourism sites discovered is the; prison tours that offered guiding travelers from former prisons in the United States and other parts of the world. The well popular historic or monument sites that were considered the best tourist attractions in the world are currently being faced out. On the other hand, traditional and cultural practices are being conserved and maintained in the ruling and dominant cultural social group. Human cultural practices are difficult to understand but the same cultural practices are the ones that support the tourism industry.
The term convict has been one common term mostly used in the tourism industry. The term has been popularly used in Australia where not all prisoners convicted are termed as convicts but only prisoners who convicted in England and then moved to Australia (Brian, 1992, p. 39). According to the cultural practices and beliefs in Australia, the term convict was taken as a taboo in the past, but nowadays the term convict has been given another point of view, where it is no longer viewed as a taboo.
This has especially happened from the era when convicts were involved in the construction of female factories. Also, the buildings constructed by the convicts such as; convicts working places, convicts hideouts, and escape routes became of importance in terms of tourism, whereby they became of heritage and provided the best sites for tourist gaze (Roberts, 2011, p. 33). This report has focused on the Fremantle prison in Western Australia; the operation management of the Fremantle prison has been examined in order to demonstrate how the Prison transformed to become a convict heritage tourism product. 2.0 The background of Fremantle prison heritage The prison is an initiative of the state government which is headed by the minister of Works.
Its operation and management activities are being taken care of by the Western Australia Department of Housing and works (Fremantle Prison Heritage Precinct Master Plan, 2003). The Fremantle prison was commissioned in November 1991 after a long closure that took place in 1983 due to prisoner’ s riots and growing concern over the prison conditions (Henry, 1859).
The prison became the Fremantle heritage precinct in January 1992. The prison trust committee was established in the same year to carry out a number of activities. This committee was expected to provide advice to the Minister concerning the conservation and interpretation, making the precinct as a resource and attracting visitors and compatible uses. The sections of the Fremantle were divided into many sections. Some of the sections were leased to the private sector and some of the sections were leased to the public sector.
The Fremantle prison has become one of the tourist attractions leading to a large number of visitors touring the place over the past ten years. Fremantle Prison has a number of areas that have been discussed below.
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