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The Socioeconomic Importance of Eco-Resort Management Practices

Christine Lim

School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Griffith University (christine.lim@mailbox.gu.edu.au)

Abstract: In recent years, ecotourism has become an increasingly important alternative form of sustainable tourism. Couran Cove Island Resort, which is located on South Stradbroke Island off the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, is an eco-resort on one of the world's few naturally occurring sand islands. As an ecotourism-based resort, Couran Cove is active in implementing a range of initiatives for sustainable management of its environment, which is particularly important as it is home to a wide variety of plant communities. Consequently, the resort has a niche market of ecotourists. This paper examines how Couran Cove Island Resort applies the principles of ecotourism in its environmental management and marketing practices.

Keywords: Ecotourism-based resort; Couran Cove; Conservation; Environmental education

1. INTRODUCTION

Ecotourism is often regarded as a form of nature-based tourism and has become an important alternative source of tourists. In addition to providing the traditional resort-leisure product, it has been argued that ecotourism resort management should have a particular focus on best-practice environmental management, an educational and interpretive component, and direct and indirect contributions to the conservation of the natural and cultural environment (Ayala, 1996). The purpose of this paper is to examine critically the practices, problems and challenges faced by Couran Cove Island Resort, which is a large integrated ecotourism-based resort located south of Brisbane on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (see Figure 1). As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, the demand for tourist attractions which are environmentally friendly, serene

and offer amenities of a unique nature, has grown rapidly. Couran Cove Resort, which is one such tourist attractions, is located on South Stradbroke Island, occupying approximately 150 hectares of the island. South Stradbroke Island is separated from the mainland by the Broadwater, a stretch of sea 3 kilometers wide

More than a century ago, there was only one Stradbroke Island, and there were at least four Aboriginal (including the Kombamerri, Noonuckle, Goenpul and Quandamooka) tribes living and hunting on the island. Regrettably, most of the original island dwellers were eventually killed by diseases such as tuberculosis, smallpox and influenza by the end of the 19th century. The second shipwreak on the island in 1894, and the subsequent destruction of the ship (the Cambus Wallace) because it contained dynamite, caused a large crater in the sandhills on Stradbroke

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