Creating Island Resorts by Brian King

By Brian King

This paintings stories tropical island hotels, the folks who dwell and paintings there and the travelers who stopover at them. the writer contains, yet is going past the by and large encountered advertising and financial analyses of inn locations, by way of studying social, cultural, legendary, environmental, organizational and political dimensions.

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ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURAL HERITAGE The Whitsundays The respective roles of the Commonwealth and State governments have been the subject of heated debate during the 1980s and 1990s. The Commonwealth has increasingly invoked its external affairs powers to bring about Australian adherence to international treaties and agreements and to bring about World Heritage nominations and listings. States such as Queensland fought such moves, regarding them as an interference with States’ rights which they argued embodied the true spirit of the Australian Constitution.

The Mamanucas The 300 sunlit, romantic islands of Fiji have won a world-wide reputation for their unspoilt South Seas charm and the friendliness of their people. Much of this reputation rests on a spectacular chain of palm and beach-fringed gems called the Mamanucas which lie in coral reef lagoons only a short distance from Nadi international airport. (Siers no date given) 29 THE ISLANDS So begins Siers’ eulogy to the Mamanucas published as a coffee-table book in the late 1980s. Much that has been written on the islands uses this form of promotional language.

Whilst the absence of a permanent Aboriginal population in the Whitsunday islands means that any indigenous involvement in Park management is likely to be low key (the Dagaman proposition was described as an ‘ambit claim’ by Premier Goss and seems to have centred around a cattle station forty kilometres west of Proserpine). Though the type of community liaison proposed by Bergin as appropriate for areas with permanent populations is less likely in the Whitsundays, there is undoubtedly a prospect of greater Aboriginal involvement as park rangers, as participants in research projects to identify significant sites and in overall park management (Bergin (1993) points out that the Boards of Management in Kakadu and in Uluru are empowered to approve or disapprove the relevant management plan and have a majority of Aboriginals).

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