Barriers to Developing a Sustainable Rural Tourism Sector: a case study of rural tourism in the Macarthur region

Victoria University
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Conference Proceeding
16th International Research Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education, 2006, pp. 742 - 759
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Developing a sustainable rural tourism sector involves a holistic approach of ensuring economic, social and environmental values are realised. This requires an understanding of the stakeholders that develop rural tourism, consume rural tourism and contribute to sustainable rural tourism development. This paper investigates the development of a sustainable rural tourism sector in the Macarthur region, New South Wales, Australia. The purpose of this paper is to report on the application of a model that identifies the obstacles to sustainable rural tourism development. Results indicate that complex zoning, policy, and regulatory requirements are major barriers to sustainable rural tourism development. Comparisons with other studies are drawn and implications for sustainable rural tourism development are discussed.
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