Specialisations - Social Impact Assessments

Social Impact Assessments

Website Last Updated On : Saturday 21/05/2011

Over the past decade, TBEI’s Directors have examined the impacts that tourism and events have on host communities. We now have data on over twenty communities which provides the opportunity to benchmark local resident attitudes towards tourism in host destinations. The results of these studies can be used to suggest strategies to ensure that tourism develops within a destination in a manner that is consistent with the needs and interests of the local community. The studies assess the impact of tourism on individuals within the local community as well as on the community as a whole. By conducting these studies within a community on a regular basis (every 2-3 years), it is possible to monitor community attitudes and modify the location, type or place in which tourism activity occurs within the local community in order to ensure that tourism is consistent with local community needs.

The team also have data on over a dozen events examining the impact that events such as the Rugby World Cup and the Australian Open Tennis have on the local community.

In many destination, the host residents see that tourism benefits them, for example, in enhancing infrastructure but causes problems with increased traffic and a potential mismatch between resident and tourist values. Our findings have assisted a number of local councils and state tourism authorities to address community issues.