A link directory to papers, articles and information on ecotourism and sustainable tourism best practice and management.

Big Volcano® Ecotourism Resource Centre

About the Ecotourism Resource Centre

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Initially gathered over many months of research undertaken in 1995-96, for the Big Volcano® website, the tourism, travel, environment and related sites linked from the Ecotourism Resource Centre (ERC) are updated on an occasional basis.

Sites represent various stages of development, both in content and design, so you have the opportunity to learn from and exchange information with your peers. Of course, we expect any contacts made to be within the bounds of normal Netiquette.

Where time and inclination allows, we provide a short description, often extracted directly from the site or page, and whether the link goes to an article or paper of some sort or if it goes to other link directories.  For example, a site may have a very good resource management list.  If most of their links are previously unvisited by us, we'll include the master site only rather than reinventing it ourselves.

And sometimes a brief critique of the site aesthetics, download speed etc. will also be included. Most sites are very simple and fast to load. Others use flash, java, activeX etc., or are just plainly "graphics heavy", and take longer to load.   Be patient, if we've listed it we think it's worth it.

Big Volcano® works from a home office in a rural location. We currently use a single line dial-up 56K modem with a usual connection speed of 46.6kb and widely fluctuating bandwidth performance, so if any page is slow to load for us we'll say so.

If you wish to submit a resource for consideration please go here.

Our Philosophy

The tourism, travel and hospitality industries are particularly well placed to make a positive contribution to environmentally sustainable development.  The WWW provides an incredible opportunity for us to educate ourselves and our customers (on whom ultimately, all our livelihoods depend) about appropriate behaviour.

We can work toward this by ensuring that our sites attractively presented, fast to load and are easy to find via search engines. Material included should be appropriate to the audience, informative and yes, even entertaining!


Did the resources available in the Big Volcano® Ecotourism Resource Centre (ERC) or on Big Volcano® Tourism web site content generally, help you with your research?   Did you find the information useful, or get directed to other useful information?

If yes, then please cite the ERC in your bibliography, footnotes or references.  If it's "on the web" then please also include a link back to the page, or to the Big Volcano Ecotourism Resource Centre home page at http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/ercentre/ercpage.htm.

Our full copyright and usage notice can be found at © Copyright - The Usual Legal Stuff

To cite an Ecotourism Resource Centre or Big Volcano® Tourism page(s), in a school project, student paper or academic work, please use the standard Harvard style.  For example:

Specific category or page;

Big Volcano® Ecotourism Resource Centre [24 February 2007].  Ecotourism Associations and Organisations [Online], Big Volcano® Tourism Marketing & Media.  Available from: <http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/ercentre/assoc.htm> [28 February 2007]

Big Volcano® Natural History Index [5 October 2005].  Introduction to Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia - CERRA [Online], Big Volcano® Tourism Marketing & Media.  Available from: <http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/natural/whin.htm> [15 May 2006]

or general;

Big Volcano® Ecotourism Resource Centre [24 February 2007].  [Online]. Available from: <http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/ercentre/ercpage.htm> [24 March 2007].

Big Volcano® Visitor Guide [16 July 2006].  [Online]. Available from: <http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/> [06 January 2007].

Example formats extracted from the  University of Western Australia Library | Citing your sources - Harvard style "World wide web page:

Format:Author/editor. (Last update or copyright date), Title, [Online], Publisher. Available from: <URL> [Date of access].


# If no readily identifiable author can be found, use the page title.
# If a web document includes both a date of last update and a copyright date, use the date of last update.
# The publisher element is optional.

Grossman, M. (2001). Technology and Diplomacy in the 21st Century, [Online], U.S. Department of State. Available from: <http://www.state.gov/p/6580.htm> [21 May 2004].

ASX-Australian Stock Exchange. (2002). [Online]. Available from: <http://www.asx.com.au/asx/homepage/index.jsp> [21 May 2004].

Always give a last update date, if one is available, in preference to a copyright date as it tells your reader which version of the page you were looking at. Make it clear to your reader that you are using an update date. If no date is given, use the abbreviation n.d. (for no date)".

For more information on Citing Sources, see Referencing styles Introduction, Updated linkfrom Deakin University.   "There are a number of different acceptable academic referencing or citation styles and conventions. It is important to use a standard format for your bibliography and footnotes."  This is an extensive resource with links to Style Manuals and Handbooks, APA and MLA style, Chicago, Harvard and Oxford Styles , Electronic, Copyright and Fair Use, Plagiarism  and more.