This dataset represents the aggregate of face to face surveys of 2743 visitors to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage
Area (GBRWHA) conducted in quarterly periods from June 2012 to June 2013. This survey was to explore how tourists feel towards
and perceive Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, as well as their willingness to pay to protect the reef and their satisfaction
with current and future developments in and around the GBRWHA. Due to privacy constrains this dataset does not correspond
to the raw survey results, but instead is an aggregate of views of tourists from different origins. The format of the data
is an Excel spreadsheet.
The core segments of the tourist questionnaire included questions about:
* The socio-demographic background of respondents PLUS background about travel
party and origin
* How often visitors had been to the GBRWHA in the past and what they did (or
planned to do) while on this particular trip
* Questions about the importance of various ‘goods and services’ to their overall
decision to come to the region (in contrast to the resident survey which asked about
importance to overall quality of life).
* Their satisfaction with the trip overall (in contrast to the resident survey which asked
about satisfaction with life overall)
* The way in which their decision to come to the region would have been affected by
changes in various environmental and market factors (in contrast to the resident
survey which asked about the way these things would affect overall quality of life).
* Expenditure while in the area
* Willingness to pay for improvements in various environmental attributes
This tourist survey was developed in combination with a matching resident questionnaire.
Data was collected from visitors to the GBRWHA region in 59 location along the coast from airports, ferry/boat operators,
caravan-park owners and beach / lagoon areas in Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Bowen, Airlie Beach, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
Enumerators collected data using a questionnaire specifically developed for the purpose of the project. Questionnaires were
also available in Japanese and Chinese, with the presence of Japanese and Chinese speaking enumerators. Data collection occurred
in 4 time periods over the June 2012 to June 2013 year, to account for seasonality of the tourist visitations.
In addition to this data was collected from a stratified random selection of tourism operators between Cooktown and Gladstone.
From an initial list of 673 tourism operators they were divided into the accomodation sector, tour operators and tourism
'attractions'. In total 36 operators agreed to participate and resulted in 203 completed surveys.
In line with the national Ethical Conduct in Human Research guidelines and JCU Ethics Committee Approval for this research,
raw data collected from individuals cannot be made publically available. Rather, data is collated into meaningful units
and presented as such.
This dataset is accompanied by the following factsheets in pdf format:
1. Activities and Preferences of Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
2. Activities and Preferences of Visitors to Townsville and Airlie Beach
3. Activities and Preferences of Visitors to Gladstone to Mackay region
4. Activities and Preferences of Visitors to Tropical NQ
5. Activities and Preferences of Chinese Visitors to Tropical NQ
6. Activities and Preferences of Japanese Visitors to Tropical NQ
7. Activities and Preferences of Queensland Visitors to Tropical NQ
8. Activities and Preferences of Domestic (non-QLD) Visitors to Tropical NQ.
The data associated with this metadata record corresponds to an Excel data sheet containing the aggregate data used in the
accompanying summary PDF fact sheets.
Further details of the project, including data collection and analysis methods, can be found in:
Stoeckl, N., Farr, M. and Sakata H. (2013) What do residents and tourists ‘value’ most in the GBRWHA? Project 10.2 interim
report on residential and tourist data collection activities including descriptive data summaries. Report to the National
Environmental research program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairn (pp112)
Available online from: http://www.nerptropical.edu.au/research