birding-aus Is birdwatching tourism different here?

Subject: birding-aus Is birdwatching tourism different here?
From: Darryl Jones <>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 14:36:10 +1000
Dear OzBirders

I am conducting research into the characteristics of the birdwatching
industry in Australia. Like a lot of tourism, there are plenty of theories
but very little data but it appears that the people who spend money on
going birdwatching (by definition, a 'birdwatching tourist') may show some
unexpected features.

If you have ever been a birdwatching tourist (here or overseas), how would
you respond to the following questions. (These are statements I hear a lot
and am posing them as a hypotheses to be assessed).

1 "Australian birdwatchers in Australia are almost completely independent.
They birdwatch mainly without using any of the birding companies"

2 "Australian birdwatchers spend very little on their birding while in
Australia (apart from travel), but are just as likely to pay for expensive
birding trips overseas"

3 "A clear majority of the clients of the birdwatching operators are from
overseas; relatively few are Australians"

4 "Birdwatchers are more interested in seeing birds than in conserving them"

I would be extremely interested to hear your views of these (somewhat
provacative) statements or any other ideas on the topic you may have.

Darryl Jones

Dr Darryl Jones
Australian School of Environmental Studies
Griffith University
Nathan Queensland 4111

Telephone: +61 7 3875 7451
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