The economic value of tourism to National and Marine Parks in the Gascoyne Coast Region of Western Australia
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The economic contribution of tourism in national and marine parks and other natural areas to the Western Australian economy has never been evaluated, despite the significant role of these areas in attracting and supporting regional tourism. Internationally, a number of methods have been applied in estimating the direct value of tourism in national parks with highly variable results. A case study of tourism expenditure in and around a National and Marine Park on the Gascoyne Coast Region (GCR) of Western Australia provides the first insights into the economic importance of these parks. Tourism expenditure in the GCR contributes between 127 and 138 million dollars to the regional economy surrounding the national and marine park. These findings place tourism at the forefront of economic growth in regional Western Australia and supports the case for increased funding and support for these areas.
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