Stability and change in hiker characteristics and experiences: the case of the Swedish mountains 1980-2003
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The focus of this study is a comparison over time between two visitor surveys in the mountains of northern Sweden. The aim is to describe and analyze possible changes and similarities in the visitors’ motives, experiences and perceptions of attractiveness over time and to investigate whether the type of visitors has changed or not, as well as to analyze reasons behind the changes and similarities, and their possible implications. The first investigation was conducted in 1980 and the second in 2003. The results reveal several variables that have been stable over time. However, many changes have also occurred: adventure and perils, services, marked hiking trails and accessibility have become more important. In the second study, the hikers accepted infrastructure to a greater extent. The results indicate that there are mainly two different visitor segments in the area, whose interests, needs and attitudes diverge, and conflicts can arise among different activities and different visitor needs.
tourist behavior, outdoor recreation, attractiveness, service, accessibility, trend, conflict, protected area
Research subject Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28951OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-28951DiVA: diva2:228141