Re:Darryl Jones and birding-aus Is birdwatching tourism different here?

To: Russell <>
Subject: Re:Darryl Jones and birding-aus Is birdwatching tourism different here?
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 17:13:58 +1100
>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             Fax: +61 7 3875 7459
Dear Darryl

Before responding to any survey I like to know what the purpose of the
survey is - who is paying for it? who will use it? For what purpose or for
whom are you conducting this research ?


Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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