Mapping Alpine landscape values and related threats as perceived by tourists

Scolozzi, Rocco, Schirpke, Uta, Detassis, Carlo, Abdullah, Sabah and Gretter, Alessandro (2014) Mapping Alpine landscape values and related threats as perceived by tourists. Landscape Research, 40 4: 451-465. doi:10.1080/01426397.2014.902921

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Author Scolozzi, Rocco
Schirpke, Uta
Detassis, Carlo
Abdullah, Sabah
Gretter, Alessandro
Title Mapping Alpine landscape values and related threats as perceived by tourists
Journal name Landscape Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-6397
Publication date 2014-07-09
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01426397.2014.902921
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 40
Issue 4
Start page 451
End page 465
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Alpine environments are increasingly appreciated by nature-based tourism, notwithstanding recent economic crises. To benefit from this and maintain the attractiveness of a tourist destination, it is important to recognise the values of landscapes. We developed and tested a qualitative spatial valuation methodology, integrating existing quantitative survey methods, to support destination management and landscape planning at the local level. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and a mapping exercise at a nature-based tourism destination in northern Italy. In identifying and mapping tourists’ perceived landscape values and related threats, we also considered tourist profiles, experiences and preferences. The results indicated three tourist types (active seniors, families and sportive visitors). They identified five different landscape values (scenic, outdoor activity, aesthetic, historical-cultural and tranquillity) and seven categories of threats (urbanisation, lack of maintenance, congestion, visual and/or acoustic disturbance, pollution, overuse, and traffic). The maps show diverse ‘tourism landscapes’ and provide useful insights into sites with high value or with potential conflict between rival uses, which can effectively ground proposals for the management of valued sites and support local spatial planning to maintain perceived landscape values.
Keyword Nature-based tourism
Participatory GIS
Landscape assessment
Sustainable tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 09 Jul 2014.

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