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Sustainable surf tourism: A community centered approach in Papua New Guinea
Journal of Sport Management (2013)
  • Danny O'Brien
  • Jess Ponting

This research analyzes a strategic approach to managing surf tourism in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Surf tourists travel to often remote destinations for the purpose of riding surfboards, and earlier research suggests the mismanagement of surf tourism in some destinations has resulted in significant deleterious impacts on host communities. The research question in this study addresses how surf tourism can be managed to achieve sustainable host community benefits in the context of a developing country. Primary data came from semistructured interviews and participant observation. The findings demonstrate how sport governing bodies can engage host communities in a collaborative framework for the sustainable utilization of sport tourism resources. The derived knowledge from this research may decrease host communities’ reliance on less sustainable commercial activities, and inform policy and practice on sustainable approaches to using sport tourism for community building and poverty alleviation.

  • managing,
  • surf,
  • tourism
Publication Date
January 1, 2013
Publisher Statement
ERA 2015 submission. Due to publisher copyright limitations full text access is restricted.
Citation Information
Danny O'Brien and Jess Ponting. "Sustainable surf tourism: A community centered approach in Papua New Guinea" Journal of Sport Management Vol. 27 Iss. 2 (2013)
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