Promoting Gondwana: presentation of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area in tourist brochures
Wilson, EC, Stimpson, K, Lloyd, DJ & Boyd, WE 2011, 'Promoting Gondwana: presentation of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area in tourist brochures', Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 297-308.
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An 800 km stretch of the Eastern coast of Australia contains some of the last remnant fragments of the sub-tropical rainforests that once covered much of the region. This natural resource – declared as World Heritage in 1986 as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia, but now known as the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia – serves as an important drawcard for tourist visitation to the region. Using a content analysis of 343 tourism brochures collected across one section of the Gondwana Rainforests area, this study examined the extent to which ‘rainforest’, ‘World Heritage’ and the ‘Gondwana Rainforests’ are present within text and imagery. Findings reveal a low prevalence of this ‘branding’; indeed only 3% of brochures mention ‘Gondwana’ or ‘Gondwana Rainforests’. As presentation is a key component of World Heritage-listed forests like Gondwana, the study's results reveal the importance of building awareness of the brand in the minds of users and the community.