Perceptions of Heritage Eco-tourism
by Micronesian Decision Makers

Dirk H.R. Spennemann
David W. Look

and Kristy Graham

Along with 16 other agencies and organizations, the National Park Service Office of Tourism co-sponsored an International Heritage Eco-Tourism Symposium, on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) from 28 February to 3 March 2000. The objective of the recent symposium was to bring together all of the stakeholders in the tourism industry, owners and stewards of heritage ecotourism sites, and resource specialists to discuss how to ensure resource protection and preservation, encourage and foster greater cooperation and coordination, enhance visitor experience, provide public education, and promote economic growth is a responsible and sustainable manner. The goal was to look at ways to guide the planning of resources development sensitive to the continued health and well being of these resources while providing a quality experience for the visitor. The symposium format was selected to encourage dialogue.
If cultural and heritage eco-tourism is to succeed, co-ordination and planning is required. This begs the question: What are the attitudes of Micronesian Government officials toward ecotourism and towards cultural heritage sites? The symposium provided the opportunity to poll participant decision makers. This report summarises the findings of two polls administered before and after the symposium.
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