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[Extract] Automobile clubs have a history of service to automobile owners that commenced shortly after the first cars began appearing on the road. In Figure 1.2 (p. 10), attention was drawn to the importance of automobile clubs that, along with other destination pull factors including policing, the highway network, attractions, accommodation, and so on, create the drive experience. Today, automobile clubs continue to provide a comprehensive range of services, including many that make a direct contribution to the enhancement of the drive tourism experience. As this chapter demonstrates, the role of automobile clubs has expanded over past decades while membership rates remain high in many nations. In the US, for example, there are over 50 million members of the 69 affiliated clubs in the American Automobile Association (AAA), while in Qu...
[Extract] Automobile clubs have a history of service to automobile owners that commenced shortly after the first cars began appearing on the road. In Figure 1.2 (p. 10), attention was drawn to the importance of automobile clubs that, along with other destination pull factors including policing, the highway network, attractions, accommodation, and so on, create the drive experience. Today, automobile clubs continue to provide a comprehensive range of services, including many that make a direct contribution to the enhancement of the drive tourism experience. As this chapter demonstrates, the role of automobile clubs has expanded over past decades while membership rates remain high in many nations. In the US, for example, there are over 50 million members of the 69 affiliated clubs in the American Automobile Association (AAA), while in ...
The Inaugural 2007 Graduate Research Student Poster Competition was held to celebrate post graduate research at JCU Cairns and encourage students from a variety of disciplines to share ideas and research experiences. Sixteen high quality posters were entered representing a large number of science and social science disciplines. The inaugural prize was awarded to Kylie Anderson. Our aim is to grow the competition and take it beyond the University into the wider community to showcase the excellent research being undertaken by JCU Postgraduate students. We believe that this not only enhances the standing of the University in the wider community but also may open previously unrecognised opportunities for students to find research partners in the wider community and later for employment opportunities. Our special thanks to Professor Scott...
[Extract] Although an important component of the tourism industry, researchers have generally shown little interest in undertaking research into drive tourism (Connell and Page 2008). The lack of research into the role of the car in shaping tourism demand and increasing the accessibility of many tourism resources is surprising. As Timothy (this volume) notes, cars carry more tourists in the US than any other mode of transport, a position that is echoed by the use of cars for leisure travel in Europe and other developed nations. Given this gap in the literature, the aim of this book is to present a scholarly and comprehensive review of drive tourism from a variety of perspectives. While the authors make no claim to an exhaustive treatment of every aspect of drive tourism, the book does bring together a range of drive tourism related res...
[Extract] Touring routes have been suggested as one strategy for promoting regional development by increasing the level of dispersal of drive tourists beyond major destinations. However, Carson and Cartan (this volume, Chapter 21) have raised a number of issues about the purpose and value of touring routes. One of the issues identified was that touring routes have become a form of industrial organisation - a way for the industry to feel (and act) that they are making and keeping contact with the market. In many cases, themed routes have been foisted on to the communities that they were developed to assist, often employing a top-down management style that may not necessarily include consultative mechanisms, which allow local stakeholders to have their views taken into account. Few major touring routes are managed by stakeholders through...
[Extract] Deserts are one of the last frontiers of the global tourism industry. They are often remote, suffer from temperature extremes, have fragile ecosystems, usually lack significant infrastructure and, above all, are dangerous places for the unprepared. Compared to other landscapes, deserts receive few visitors, little has been written about them and they suffer from lack of infrastructure around which a tourism industry may be built. Of all the factors that influence the extent to which deserts can be developed as a tourism resource, access must rank as the most important and is a key element in the discussion in this chapter. Following a review of the major land-based access issues that have to be addressed to effectively develop desert tourism, this chapter focuses on the role that four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles are able to pl...
[Extract] We have previously (Prideaux and Carson 2003) described a framework for research into self-drive tourism markets. The framework was intended to provide a way of organising research into this complex topic. It showed how drive tourism markets are linked to destinations, products, promotion, and physical infrastructure. It proposed that understanding a drive tourism market required investigation of the range of links. In this book we have added a new model (Figure 1.2, page 10) that builds on our original work to illustrate the centrality of the drive experience in the structure and operation of the drive tourism sector. This volume is the third major effort to bring together research into drive tourism following the special issue of the Journal of Vacation Marketing in which the framework was described, and a small book edited...
[Extract] The diversity of self-drive tourism markets is apparent in the different experiences they seek, and the different types of people who undertake those experiences. The first part of this book included a number of dimensions of this - differences based on the country of origin and the sort of trips that the geography, history and culture make possible, and differences based on the destination and the sort of trip that its geography, infrastructure and amenity suggest. This geographic theme is picked up again later in the book (Carson, this volume, Chapter 25). Diversity can also come from the demographic characteristics of travellers, and various chapters discuss diversity as a sub-theme. This second part of the book is most interested in how the type of vehicle makes a difference to the type of self-drive trip. The vehicle can...
The Inaugural 2007 Graduate Research Student Poster Competition was held to celebrate post graduate research at JCU Cairns and encourage students from a variety of disciplines to share ideas and research experiences. Sixteen high quality posters were entered representing a large number of science and social science disciplines. The inaugural prize was awarded to Kylie Anderson. Our aim is to grow the competition and take it beyond the University into the wider community to showcase the excellent research being undertaken by JCU Postgraduate students. We believe that this not only enhances the standing of the University in the wider community but also may open previously unrecognised opportunities for students to find research partners in the wider community and later for employment opportunities. Our special thanks to Professor S...
[Extract] Although an important component of the tourism industry, researchers have generally shown little interest in undertaking research into drive tourism (Connell and Page 2008). The lack of research into the role of the car in shaping tourism demand and increasing the accessibility of many tourism resources is surprising. As Timothy (this volume) notes, cars carry more tourists in the US than any other mode of transport, a position that is echoed by the use of cars for leisure travel in Europe and other developed nations. Given this gap in the literature, the aim of this book is to present a scholarly and comprehensive review of drive tourism from a variety of perspectives. While the authors make no claim to an exhaustive treatment of every aspect of drive tourism, the book does bring together a range of drive tourism related re...
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