What is Visitor Tracking
A protected area must often manage both daily and usual tourists, and visitor management provided by the protected area should address both categories of tourists. The VVMS visitor tracking normally refers to the territory of the protected area and its immediate neighborhood. The two principles that define visitor management are:
- Provide the best recreational experiences to visitors;
- Ensure that the natural and cultural values of the protected area are not affected by visitors and tourism development.
Tourism development usually refers to a regional level that includes the protected area, defining it thus a tourist (eco) destination. Simply put, tourism development has to respond not only to the needs of visitors but also to those of local communities and to involve the economy and local entrepreneurs. Check this out.
The three most important principles of tourism development in a region where there are protected areas are:
- representing the destination through the partnership platform created between the area administration, local authorities and the local entrepreneurs sector;
- providing the best opportunities for developing “green” local businesses;
- integrating the principles and actions related to visitor management in development tourism.
Thus, the management of visitors to a protected area must play a key role in the wider context of tourism development. The protected area can and must play the role of a drive mechanism as an important catalyst for tourism development. But before taking any role at the level of regional development, for example in tourism development, administrations of protected areas have to understand very well and develop an appropriate management of visitors
Why Visitor Management and Tourism Development?
Visitor management is important from the perspective of the protected area in order to reach two major sets of objectives: nature conservation and recreation.
Visitor management mainly focuses on creating a mechanism to get them to guide the right visitors to the right place, providing them with the best opportunities for spending time (outdoors), generating the least negative impact possibly on the nature and local communities and providing the best opportunities for sustainable local tourism.
Tourism management and development is an important tool for sustainable development at the regional level, providing a source of income for local communities and a green alternative for the development of the region, which usually includes the protected area.
Tourism development is important from the point of view of regional development. Tourism is an economic sector that can bring a positive social and economic impact in the region if well managed. This encourages users to think and to act in the light of the sustainable development of tourism and, where possible, through the prism of development of ecotourism.
Simply put, visitor management has the role of reducing the negative impact on nature, to provide visitors with the best opportunities to meet their recreational needs. Tourism (ecotourism) is developed to provide income and jobs especially to communities where the protected area is located. Go here for more info
Human resources for visitor management
Visitor management must be managed by the protected area administration; so, it is necessary to allocate at least one member of the team for this activity. According to the complexity of the activities and the resources available, the visitor management (often called responsible for tourism) can cumulate other work tasks, such as relationships with local communities. However, it is extremely important to have a person to coordinate aspects of visitor management in the protected area for which there exists clear terms of reference (job description).
Since visitor management is a multidisciplinary field of activity, the manager with visitor management must interact with the staff of the protected area and get it form a team that will be involved in visitor management issues. The team must include ranks, responsible for community involvement and often also a biologist / ecologist. The visitor management manager needs to understand and work with concepts and with the practical elements described in this manual. He / she must have a good understanding of the current visitor and tourism situation in the region and the protected area and be prepared to develop a visitor management plan, to implement it