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Eclectic Approaches to Analyze Recreational Cruise Sustainability

Aaron Tham, Ross Waldron, Adrian McCallum, Sanjeev Kumar Srivastava


This research note highlights eclectic approaches to analyze recreational cruise sustainability. Whilst recreational cruising have become increasingly popular, studies to date are largely fragmented, often adopting an economically-centric perspective based on a particular cruise market or specific destinations. This research note advances cross-disciplinary perspectives to analyze recreational cruise sustainability via novel data-collection methods such as geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing data, along with underwater and surface audio recording of cruise-related and marine biology (dolphins, humpback whales) activities. These methods may prove extremely effective to inform contemporary and future theory and management practices related to sustainable real-time impacts on visitor mobility to manage parks and recreational zones. 

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Sustainable tourism; cruise excursions; tourism indicators; destination impacts; transport management; visitor impact studies

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