This seminar considers how tourists experience 'foreign' landscapes and nature with a focus on 'bad nature'. In many destinations invasive alien species of plants and animals that are problematic for the host community form an integral part of the tourism experience. We discuss research in New Zealand on visitors' interactions with bad nature. The seminar also presents some findings of research into the efforts of a Maori eco-tourism operation to address the history of bad nature within a wildlife sanctuary.
Dr Anna Carr specialises in cultural landscapes management, protected areas and indigenous tourism development. She is a researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand, where she is co-director of the Centre for Recreation Research, undertaking research contracts for organisations such as New Zealand's Department of Conservation, Sport NZ and NZ Mountain Safety Council NZ. Prior to academia she was owner-operator of 2 adventure tourism businesses. She has recently co-edited books on Indigenous Tourism, Mountaineering Tourism and the Political Ecology of Tourism and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ecotourism, Journal of Heritage Tourism and Tourism in Marine Environments.
Professor Brent Lovelock- Department of Tourism, and Co-Director, Centre for Recreation Research, University of Otago. Brent's research addresses sustainable and ethical tourism. He has a longstanding research interest in nature based tourism, including consumptive wildlife tourism (hunting, shooting, sports fishing). His more recent research addresses medical tourism. He is the co-author of "The Ethics of Tourism" (Routledge).