Examination of benefits sought by hiking tourists: a comparison of impact-range performance analysis and impact asymmetry analysis

Munhyang Oh, Seongseop Kim, Youngjoon Choi, Stephen Pratt

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Abstract

This study assesses the benefits of hiking for visitors to the Jeju Olle Trail on Jeju Island in Korea, which has been designated as a World Heritage Site. Data were collected from a total of 318 tourists visiting the Jeju Olle Trail. The study focused on comparing the benefits sought by first-time visitors and those of repeat visitors. Analytical results found that first-time visitors and repeat visitors sought different benefits from their hiking experiences. First-time visitors sought to observe nature and interact with people. For first-time visitors, benefits that delighted them were buying unique souvenirs and enjoying educational experiences, whereas repeat visitors demonstrated a good assessment on interactions with new people and buying unique souvenirs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)850-864
Number of pages15
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Volume24
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Benefits
  • first-time
  • hiking
  • impact asymmetry analysis (IAA)
  • impact-range performance analysis (IRPA)
  • island
  • Jeju
  • repeat
  • satisfaction
  • sustainable
  • trekking

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