Measuring the Conservation Aptitude of Surf Beaches in Phuket, Thailand: An Application of the Surf Resource Sustainability Index
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
How to Cite
Martin, S. A. and Assenov, I. (2013), Measuring the Conservation Aptitude of Surf Beaches in Phuket, Thailand: An Application of the Surf Resource Sustainability Index. Int. J. Tourism Res.. doi: 10.1002/jtr.1961
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 10 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 JAN 2013
- surf resource sustainability index;
- surf tourism;
- Phuket, Thailand
The research seeks to measure the conservation aptitude of nine surf beaches in Phuket, Thailand by employing the Surf Resource Sustainability Index, an assessment methodology comprising 27 social, economic, environmental and governance indicators used to frame and quantify attributes for conservation development. The research identifies and documents key areas of concern for the sustainability of the island's coastal surfing resources and distinguishes steps forward to address emergent issues. The study finds that by improving the awareness, legislative status and management of surfing sites, the overall conservation aptitude for the island could be raised considerably. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.