Tourism in Marine Environments (Tourism Mar Environ )

Description

Tourism in Marine Environments is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more. The marine environment has long been one of the most attractive settings for tourism. Marine tourism, as defined by Orams (Marine tourism: Development, impacts and management. Routledge; 1999, p. 9) includes 'those recreational activities that involve travel away from one's place of residence and which have as their host or focus the marine environment (where the marine environment is defined as those waters which are saline and tide-affected)'. Thus, it includes a wide spectrum of activities, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, wind surfing, fishing, observing marine mammals and birds, the cruise ship and ferry industry, all beach activities, sea kayaking, visits to fishing villages and lighthouses, maritime museums, sailing and motor yachting, maritime events, Arctic and Antarctic tourism, and many more. Tourism in Marine Environments aims to contribute to the process of theory building, and to be the leading source for research reports and analysis related to all forms of marine tourism. It is governed by an international editorial board consisting of experts in marine tourism, marine science, and related fields. This board conducts most of the manuscript reviews and therefore plays a large role in setting the standards for research and publication in the field. The Editor-In-Chief receives and processes all manuscripts, from time to time modifies the editorial board, and works to ensure a continuous improvement in quality.

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  • Website
    Tourism in Marine Environments website
  • Other titles
    Tourism in marine environments (Online)
  • ISSN
    1544-273X
  • OCLC
    67618222
  • Material type
    Document, Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Horta was the first city of the Azores Islands (Portugal) to have a marina. Over time, yachts from all over the world have brought to this city more than the expected tourism economic impact. In fact, the existence of the marina developed a nautical culture in the local population, as well as a strong symbolic relationship with the sea. The marina has become the most important structure of the city and a brand of this island. Survey results show that Horta and the marina are seen by residents as a single integrated element.
    Tourism in Marine Environments 12/2013; 9(3/4):193.
  • Tourism in Marine Environments 01/2013; 9(1/2):35-51.
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    ABSTRACT: Route tourism is a market-driven approach for tourism destination development. The concept of tourist routes refers to an initiative to bring together a variety of activities and attractions under a unified theme and thus stimulate entrepreneurial opportunities through the development of ancillary products and services. Based on the development and promotion of a coastal route extending some 900 km along the diverse coastline of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, this article suggests that the essential concept of coastal route tourism is simple—that of linking together a series of tourist attractions along a defined coastline in order to promote coastal and marine tourism by encouraging visitors to travel from one location to another.
    Tourism in Marine Environments 01/2013; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: Seventeen commercial sea kayak guides were observed covertly on multiple trips in coastal British Columbia (BC), Canada. Behavioral observation criteria were developed from existing environmental best management practices (EBMPs). Guides demonstrated both common and less common low-impact practices that enabled interactive experiences desired by clients. However, not all observed behaviors demonstrated low-impact practices. Guide behavior was inconsistent relative to campfire management, wildlife interactions, and camp management. Although sea kayak guides appreciate the importance of reducing visitor impacts on wilderness environments, they have not yet consistently adopted EBMPs. Impact minimization programs can only be effective if applied in a consistent manner and therefore are essential for future viability of the industry.
    Tourism in Marine Environments 01/2013; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: Coastal dunes are challenging to manage due to their dynamic nature, vulnerable ecosystems, and recreational demand. A limited management approach was studied at Jockey's Ridge, the largest active dune on the US Atlantic coast. Visitor experience data, digital elevation models, and informal stories and photos were integrated in a case study approach. Data revealed the value of an integrated management approach that preserved the dune as a unique “living” geomorphological feature with interventions limited to the park borders. The accessibility of the dune to visitors facilitated intense, enjoyable interactions with nature. Elevation data show that the management approach has maintained the dune's unique naturally dynamic character, revealing the benefits of preserving processes rather than features.
    Tourism in Marine Environments 01/2013; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: In this article current stakeholder collaboration in tourism development was investigated in the area Veerse Meer, a lake area situated in the southwest of the Netherlands. Since four local public organizations are involved in its development as well as multiple private stakeholders, it presents an interesting case to analyze options for collaboration. Through interviews and a discussion group with stakeholder representatives the research indicates that, despite an awareness of the importance of collaboration in tourism planning, collaboration is not seen as an effective strategy for the tourism development process in Veerse Meer. Different viewpoints, as well as the missing “sense of urgency,” are seen as major constraints for collaboration.
    Tourism in Marine Environments 01/2013; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: Scuba diving is a popular hard adventure activity in Australia, but only limited information exists about those who participate in this tourism activity. This research investigated involvement, sociodemographic characteristics, motivations, and setting preferences of scuba divers in Eastern Australia. Diving club members (n=294) were surveyed through a web-based questionnaire. Based on the participants' involvement, five clusters emerged that differed in the involvement components. It is recommended that a holistic examination of motivations and setting preferences of adventure tourists based on the concept of involvement is important for theory development and segmentation of this group of tourists. It will contribute to a better understanding of adventure tourists' motivations and involvement.
    Tourism in Marine Environments 01/2013; 9.
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    ABSTRACT: This study sought to gain an insight into the sociodemographic characteristics, motivations, and attitudes of divers to Chuuk Lagoon (Federated States of Micronesia). It did this by conducting a survey of divers participating in dive trips on a live aboard vessel at Chuuk Lagoon and supporting and enriching this data with in-depth interviews. Divers were primarily motivated to see historically significant shipwrecks, artifacts, marine life, penetrate wrecks, and to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the underwater environment. The interviews with wreck divers supported these findings and emphasized the importance of the historical aspect of wreck diving: notably seeing history and the human dimension of wrecks. Management controls over wrecks, such as penalties, permits, and dive guides, were generally supported.
    Tourism in Marine Environments 01/2012; 8(1-2):7-18.

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