Queensland’s National Parks
An economically important tourism resource
Posted on 27.10.2020
National parks are important environmental resources, giving protection to the flora, fauna and ecosystems that underpin a healthy environment for us all to live in and pass on to future generations. National parks not only play a vital role in the environment but also contribute social, cultural and economic value to our society.
The University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science undertook research into the economic value provided by national parks to the Queensland economy in 2018. This research focused on understanding the economic value of Queensland’s national parks as a tourism and recreation asset in terms of benefits to the Queensland economy.
Authors: Sally Driml, Richard Brown and Claudia Moreno Silva.
The Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science has produced a very accessible ‘snapshot’ of the research results … summarising the following topics:
- How many people visit national parks?
- How important are national parks in attracting visitors?
- How much do national park visitors spend daily?
- How much do all national park visitors spend in Queensland?
- What is the contribution of this spending to the Queensland economy?
- What’s the additional ‘non-market’ value of national parks to visitors?
- What is the return on investment in visitor management in Queensland’s national parks?
Download the snapshot:
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