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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Towards sustainable tourism planning in New Zealand: monitoring local government planning under the Resource Management Act
Author(s): Connell, Joanne
Page, Stephen
Bentley, Tim A
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Keywords: Sustainable Tourism
Tourism Monitoring
Local Government
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Citation: Connell J, Page S & Bentley TA (2009) Towards sustainable tourism planning in New Zealand: monitoring local government planning under the Resource Management Act, Tourism Management, 30 (6), pp. 867-877.
Abstract: In the light of the increasing pace and scale of tourism activity in New Zealand, the concept of sustainable tourism has become a key ingredient in the nation's tourism strategy. This paper explores sustainable tourism planning in New Zealand at the level of local government, and in particular, focuses on the implementation of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) as a mechanism for achieving sustainable tourism. Using the findings of a survey of Regional Councils and Territorial Local Authorities, the paper explores public sector planning responses to tourism impacts and sustainability concerns in New Zealand. The paper extends the earlier work of Page and Thorn (1997; 2002), which identified major issues of concern at local council level with regard to tourism impacts and argued the need for a national vision for tourism to ensure that the RMA achieved its original goals. Since then, a national tourism strategy has been published and changes in legislation have further empowered local authorities to further progress the sustainability agenda. This paper examines these developments and the ensuing implications, concluding that significant progress has been made in developing tourism policies at the local level, but that a number of constraints and issues limit the development of New Zealand as a sustainable destination.
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