Wildlife Tourism Impacts and Sustainability: The Case of Island, Australia


  • Introduction

Kangaroo Island is one of the ecologically fragile ecosystems in Australia. It is a conservation zone for different endangered species, including Kangaroo (Higgins-Desbiolles 2011; McClung et al. 2004). Tourism industry continues to grow in the Island with development of new tourism facilities and increased number of tourist arrivals. Therefore, the island is faced with the need for continued economic, social, cultural, and environmental sustainability (Mowforth and Munt 2015). The island has developed a new development plan that seeks to bring in more tourists and spur economic and social development. However, this poses new sustainability challenges. This report reviews how different economic, social, cultural, and environmental sustainability impacts can be maximised or minimised through partnerships, regulation of foreign investment, community based engagement, education tourist and local community, zoning for environmental protection, and environmental impact assessment.



Case study project (Assignment 2) (Graded)
Assignment 2
1) Selection of special interest tourism
Special interest tourism includes nature-based tourism, cultural tourism, city tourism, rural tourism, spa/
wellness tourism, food tourism etc.
2) Selection of tourist destination as a case study site
You can select one or two specific destination(s) that offer your chosen form of tourism (Please Do NOT choose
the same destination/country or special interest tourism topics which you chose in other tourism/event courses).
3) Selection of strategies
You need to analyse various implications (strategies) for managing the positive or negative impacts of special
interest tourism and achieving the goals of sustainability.
Your case study report should discuss the arguments on key concepts, theories, models and ideas relevant to a
particular form of tourism that you choose. Make sure you communicate clearly and concisely about how the
key concepts and ideas are applied differently to real cases and situations in order to develop your own
analysis and back up your argument.
Format of the case study project (approximately, 2500-2700 words; 90% of the mark)
1. Introduction
– An overview of your chosen topic; the definitions of your chosen type of tourism; the role/contribution of your
chosen type of tourism; the statement of your argument on tourism impacts in relation to your topic.
2. Discussion
– Analyse and evaluate the implications for achieving the goals of sustainability that can be drawn from your
case study (At least, three main strategies need to be included – e.g. collaboration/partnership; self-regulation;
– Investigate different impacts of your chosen type of tourism (e.g. environmental, socio-cultural and economic
impacts) and specific examples in relation to the destination you choose.
2.1. Economic implications (strategies) for economic sustainability (e.g. maximising positive economic
impacts and minimising negative economic impacts)
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2.2. Social implications (strategies) for social sustainability
2.3. Cultural implications (strategies) for cultural sustainability
2.4. Environmental implications (strategies) for environmental sustainability
3. Conclusions
– Summary of the report and valuable insight.
References – Use at least 14 academic references (e.g. books and academic journals) + additional websites
Feedback on your first draft
You are required to discuss the outline of your chosen topic with the lecturer for feedback so that you can be
sure you are “on the right track” with this assignment. Please consult your learning progress at least 4-5 days
before the due date. In this way, you will have sufficient time to make a change in your assignment draft before
the final submission.
Note: Penalties for a plagiarised assignment will be applied to the final result (i.e. resulting in an F2 with a zero
score or deducting -15-30% of marks)
Part 2: Class participation (15% of the total marks = 10% with the assignment 2 marks + 5% of extra
You need to contribute your case study examples (e.g. the PowerPoint Presentation – 5 slides with
detailed speech notes; your answers to the tutorial questions) to the online discussion board. All your
contributions to the class discussion will be recognised as additional marks. The level of your class
participation will be evaluated.
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