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Scientists Grapple with the Commercialization of Nature-based Activities

Photo of Cruise tourism continues to grow in southeast Alaska. Here, two ships dock in Juneau. Linda Kruger, USDA Forest ServiceCruise tourism continues to grow in southeast Alaska. Here, two ships dock in Juneau. Linda Kruger, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : For the recreation and tourism industry in Alaska, the implications of this study reflect the trade-off between tighter control of tourism activities, and the possibility of undermining the wilderness experience.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Kruger, Linda E., Ph.D. 
Research Location : Alaska
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 524

Summary

Streamlining commercial outdoor recreation experiences, such as cruises, can help the tourism industry increase the diversity and number of visitors, and can help improve accessibility. This is happening in Alaska, where one of the fastest growing industries is outdoor recreation and tourism. Commercial recreation has increased in the Tongass National Forest in the past decade, influenced in part by cruise lines. The scale of the increase in the tourism industry in Alaska has led to commercialization of some activities, which has the benefit of increasing the number of people exposed to nature-based activities. Tourism industry managers and planners must weigh these benefits against the ability to customize activities and be flexible.

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  • Downstream Strategies
  • Oregon State University

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