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GIS as a Decision Support Tool for Community Based Tourism Development Project

The research titled 'GIS as a Planning Support Tool for Community Integrated Tourism Development: A Pilot Study for Fiji Islands and the South Pacific' is a pilot study which worked in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Transport, Fiji to develop the database and examine its applicability for wider implementation both in Fiji and for government and other development agencies (donors, NGOs, QUANGOS) throughout the South Pacific region. The pilot study site was Zone A of the Fiji Tourism Development Plan (1998-2005) with a particular focus on the proposed Natadola resort development. The scoping study was conducted in Momi Bay.

This research also generated interests in Fiji and internationally. On 10th June 2004, Dr. Doorne presented the findings of his research as "GIS as a Planning Support Tool for Community Integrated Tourism Development" to the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute Seminar on Tourism in the South Pacific, organized by Auckland University of Technology. The findings was also presented during the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), 10th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT): Seminar on Planning for Community Tourism Initiatives in Pacific Island Countries which was held in Suva, Fiji Islands from 10-12 July, 2004. On 3rd November 2004, the research findings titled 'Integrating Communities in Tourism Development: Opportunities for GIS as Planning Support Tool' to the USP community and key tourism stakeholders. Mr. Pene, the GIS counterpart presented the findings as a paper titled "Public Participation in GIS - Observations of a tourism development project" at the 2004 Pacific Islands Countries GIS and RS Annual Conference, held on Suva from 24th to 26th November 2004. Dr. Doorne was also invited to the International Symposium on Village Tourism and Hospitality Cultures, organised by the School of Business and Tourism Management, Yunnan University, P. R. China and the University of Lapland. Yunnan University, Kunming, P. R. China from 27 November - 1 December 2004 to present the findings.