Therefore, it is imperative to state at the very onset that the work in this research paper will be presented in third person, where I will simply be a casual bystander observing the scene and then formulating a certain framework within which the various individuals and groups may be studied. The reason I have chosen ecotourism is because this adheres to the protection of areas in terms of the social constructs according to which people behave in such places. The second part which will be presented in terms of a questionnaire will show the factors that have influenced my choice of questions in terms of finding a suitable construct within which to assess the management of the event in question besides recommending certain measures that will contribute to its effectiveness.
In this section, I will study the social scene created at the Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia. I will observe this scene for close to 60 minutes and subsequently put down my interpretations of the various groups I have observed and the patterns demonstrated by these groups in context of a particular aspect of the social construction of the environment.
Owing to its diverse wildlife and vegetation, ecotourism in Australia is more a way of life than a trend. The Lamington National Park is based in South East Queensland and is a commercialised form of a park in the sense that it is an eco resort. This is the charm of this park as described by the various world heritage journals. Aimed at honeymooners, this place has been described as paradise by many owing to its spectacular waterfalls as well as the rock features and walkways.
This scene was observed by me between 10 am and 11 am on a certain day. It was a bright day and there was a lot of activity happening. The park had a sizable amount of visitors, who were a mixture of local visitors, tourists who had driven down and people who were staying the various suites at this park. The first group consisted of a group of Asian tourists. They were marvelling at the beautiful walkways that seemed to flow from one tree to another. It was a group of six people with three men and three women. While the men were eager to get onto the walkway and experience the unique spectacle before their eyes, two of the women didn't seem so sure. There was a sudden gust of wind which shook the walkway a little, promoting the women to back off and pull the men behind too. The men simply laughed off their fears and continued towards the walkways. These people were clicking pictures constantly.
The second group was a twosome consisting of a honeymooning couple. They were staying at the resort as they were talking about their beautiful canopy suite. These two people seemed more into each other than their surroundings and did not have anything in particular on their agenda.
The third group consisted of two couples and five children. They seemed like local visitors out on a weekend with their children. The children were rushing around, eager to get onto the bus for the guided bushwalking hike and the balancing rock. They seemed impatient while their parents were busy talking to each other. The men were discussing work while the women were discussing schools. The only people paying any attention to these children were the first group of