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Emerging Trends and Challenges in Nature Based Tourism

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group
Organizers: Jeremy Sage, Norma Nickerson, Keith Bosak
Chairs: Jeremy Sage


National Parks are frequently at the center of interest and research on nature based tourism. Parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite face challenges of balancing the protection of the resources that make them special with the need to provide quality visitor experiences to all those who wish to make the journey to them. Multiple parks across not only the US, but the world are faced with the decision of how to, and whether to, manage visitation levels and movement throughout their major attraction areas. This balancing act inherently raises the question of the most appropriate metrics, from social to the biological, to make those decisions. Visitors can be remarkably tolerant of high volumes of other visitors, yet also stress the management’s resources to effectively and safely provide for those visitors. These challenges are not isolated to the parks themselves, but also to the gateway communities that surround them. While these amenity rich communities show strong opportunity for economic development, multiple risks also present themselves as their character is stretched and evolving with changing housing, employment, and demographic conditions.
As the positive socioeconomic outcomes of amenity rich areas are touted, other communities are looking to take advantage the nature based tourism opportunities of their yet untapped and developed amenities. Such communities are tasked with identifying methods and approaches to sustainably develop a nature based tourism footprint while being cognizant of both the effect that will have on culture and their natural resources.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Norma Nickerson*, Univ. of Montana - Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research, Jeremy Sage, University of Montana - Dept. of Geography, Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research, Jake Jorgenson, RRC Associates, Is it true: Visitors don’t mind congestion in our national parks? 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Carter Bermingham*, University of Montana, Assessing the Perceived Impact on Residents’ Quality of Life Based on the Proposed Implementation of a Voluntary Shuttle System in West Yellowstone, MT 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Jeremy Sage*, University of Montana, Iree Wheeler, University of Montana, Norma Nickerson, University of Montana, Connecting Interest and Arrivals: Growing Tourism and Recreation Across Indian Country 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Keith Bosak*, The University of Montana, Stephen F McCool, University of Montana, Tourism and Sustainability: Transforming Global Value Chains to Networks in the Kalunga Territory, Brazil 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Lauren Duffy*, Clemson University, Aby Sène-Harper , Clemson University, Ellen Koppa, Clemson University, Lauren Townson, Clemson University, An examination of nature-based tourism in coastal South Carolina: Marketing mix, economic contribution, and market profiles 15 12:00 AM

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