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A critical analysis of Ontario’s resource-based tourism policy

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dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nathan
dc.contributor.author Lemelin, Raynard
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-01T00:11:39Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-01T00:11:39Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en_US
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Bennett, N., & Lemelin, H. (2010). A Critical Analysis of Ontario’s “Resource-Based Tourism Policy”. Journal of Rural and Community Development. 5(1/2), 21-35. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4465
dc.description.abstract Conflicts between resource-based industries and resource-based tourism are commonplace, complex, and long lived. The Resource-Based Tourism Policy (Government of Ontario, 1997) was one of a number of documents produced by the Government of Ontario in response to such conflicts in Northern Ontario, Canada. Yet in the 13 years since the policy was produced, there has been no research to examine either the impact or effectiveness of this document in achieving its stated goal: “to promote and encourage the development of the Ontario resource-based tourism industry in both an ecologically and economically sustainable manner” (Government of Ontario, 1997, p. 1). This article reviews the context within which the policy operates, summarizes the policy document, and questions both the impact and effectiveness of the Resource-Based Tourism Policy based on five critiques: (a) the level of transparency, collaboration, and representation in the policy’s development; (b) the unity of the policy direction and actions; (c) the incorporation of science into proposed policy solutions; (d) the adaptability of the policy to changing industry and contextual trends; and (e) the completeness of the policy’s implementation. In conclusion, we suggest that it is time to revisit, reexamine, adapt, and update this policy document in consideration of current trends in the industry and contextual factors. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Rural and Community Development en_US
dc.subject policy critique en_US
dc.subject resource-based tourism en_US
dc.subject Ontario en_US
dc.subject resource conflict en_US
dc.title A critical analysis of Ontario’s resource-based tourism policy en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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    Nathan Bennett has worked as a researcher, university instructor, teacher, guide, international development worker, and sustainability-conservation educator.

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