In the past three decades the popularity of nature-based activities has increased (see Chapter 15 in Quality Assurance and Certification in Ecotourism). Due to today’s urbanised society there is a growing tendency to access outdoor experiences through commercial providers. This demand has generated massive growth in the establishment of tour operations in most Australian states and territories.
A number of factors influence the sustainability of this sector. One of the key factors is the characteristic of the nature-based operator. Recent research completed by the STCRC indicates these businesses are typified by a number of features that suggest firms in this sector need help. These features include:
This report examines the current issues relating to individuals intending to start-up a nature-based tour operation using public land. Specifically, the study focuses on the challenges these individuals face and the type of support required from the early stages to ...
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