World Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism

Mark Orams and Michael Lück are on the International Steering Committee for the CMT conferences and both have been invited as keynote speakers for CMT09 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa on 23-26 June.


Keynote: Mark Orams

Abstract: Mine is Bigger Than Yours: The Rise and Rise of Super-Yacht Tourism

From ‘maxi’ to ‘super’ to ‘mega’, recreational vessels over the 30 metres in length are more prevalent than ever before. Improvements in technology and the application of materials such as carbon fibre and titanium have allowed the construction of recreational vessels of unprecedented size. The owners of these vessels continue to invest enormous sums in larger and more extravagant vessels each year. Super-yachts are now a specialist area of marine tourism that supports a significant industry which ranges from design, engineering and construction to navigation, hospitality, publishing, photography and art. A number of locations and events have been deliberately created to attract these floating palaces, but super-yachts are also becoming more self sufficient and visiting increasingly remote places. Alongside the impressive feats of engineering, opulence and economic impacts associated with these vessels are issues of piracy, security and environmental management.


Keynote: Michael Lück

Abstract: Coastal and Marine Tourism: Where we have been, where we are, where we will go

Coastal and marine tourism has been researched for many years, but only in the last decade or so it has been recognised as a field of study. The first Coastal and Marine Tourism Congresses in Hawaii (1990 and 1996), as well as Orams’ volume “Marine Tourism: Development, Impacts and Management” (1999, Routledge) were instrumental in bringing forward this field of study. While the early years were more related to island tourism and mass tourism in coastal resorts, increasingly the body of literature diversified into more specialised nice tourism, such as, polar tourism, whale and dolphin watching, SCUBA diving, marine wildlife tourism, cruise tourism, and many more. This presentation looks at the development of coastal and marine tourism in the academic world, its current state, and where it might head in the future.


Michael Lück will also be presenting a poster by NZTRI PhD student Roberto Altobelli entitled:

A profile of tourists diving with sharks in Pacific Harbour, Fiji

Travelling to various parts of the world with the purpose of participating in shark diving is a relatively recent phenomenon. It has only been approximately twenty years since this recreational tourism activity began taking off. In the past ten years, sharks have also become a particular key resource for the Pacific Harbour (Fiji) tourism industry, and dive trips to observe these animals in their natural habitat occur regularly. This poster presents some preliminary results of a wider study currently in progress regarding Pacific Harbour’s shark tourism industry, with special attention being paid to the actual individuals partaking in this activity. Reviewing the marine wildlife tourism literature reveals that to date there is a lack of investigation carried out on the subject of the ‘shark tourist’. This report begins filling this gap by presenting preliminary data, gathered via paper-pen self administered on-tour questionnaires, from two specific shark dive sites in Pacific Harbour. Results reveal that these shark tourists come from all walks of life, are well educated, young, and, for the most part, see themselves as unique to other tourists, are adventurous and curious travellers who like sharks and the experience gained from viewing them in their natural environment. Moreover, observations and conversations with shark divers reveal a genuine willingness to participate in the study suggesting perhaps a desire to contribute to other causes such as shark conservation. Further studies in this area, however, are necessary to gain even further insight into these individuals.     


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