Celestial ecotourism: new horizons in nature-based tourism

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Title Celestial ecotourism: new horizons in nature-based tourism
Author Weaver, David Bruce
Journal Name Journal of Ecotourism
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Celestial ecotourism is a neglected and hitherto unrecognised subsector that is dominated by the observation of nocturnal 'megacaela' (mega-skies). Observatories are the single largest component in terms of visitation, while aurora-viewing is the most articulated as a specialised commercial tourism (though not necessarily ecotourism) industry. Given the distance from featured attractions, sustainability is focused not on interaction but on context impacts and especially the need to preserve and restore the dark sky and unpolluted atmospheric conditions that foster charismatic megacaela. A logical emphasis on 'enhancement' sustainability is therefore apparent. Formal recognition and development of celestial ecotourism can be realised through the collaboration of ecotourism organisations with well-established and influential astronomy-related institutions pursuing relevant initiatives such as the creation of 'dark sky' reserves and the designation of 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14724040903576116
Volume 10
Issue Number 1
Page from 38
Page to 45
ISSN 1472-4049
Date Accessioned 2011-06-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Tourism Resource Appraisal
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40249
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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