Alaska has become a popular destination for travelers to experience and possibly some of the last US places representing the western frontier. The foundation of Alaska's heritage is the great outdoors including wilderness and frontier experiences, rugged landscapes, and a plethora of outdoor recreation. Kodiak Island is an interesting case study to examine shifts in livelihood from commercial fishing to tourism and more recreation based businesses, and the related impacts on perceived community assets, including heritage assets, and attitudes toward tourism development and the economy. Studies of "hosts" or residents and businesses at two times revealed that hosts supported heritage preservation approaches over most conservation approaches and all exploitation approaches. Continuity of support for the types of economies hosts' prefer, particularly tourism based on preservation or conservation heritage, and consistency between host groups may be the needed ingredients to balance heritage preservation, conservation, and exploitation.
- Heritage tourism
- Natural resources
- Outdoor recreation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management