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Using innovations to understand tourist mobility in national parks


Hardy, A and Aryal, J, Using innovations to understand tourist mobility in national parks, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28, (2) pp. 263-283. ISSN 0966-9582 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09669582.2019.1670186


Technological advances have had profound impacts upon touristsí mobility. However, until recently, there has been a gap between technological advances and their integration into tourism research methods. This paper addresses this gap by presenting a research method that utilised an application (app) equipped with a synthesised demographic survey and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology. This enabled automated tracking of touristsí behaviour for their entire stay within the island state of Tasmania, Australia. This paper focuses on touristsí movement within the wellknown Freycinet National Park. The highly detailed granular data was assessed in three phases, revealing segments of tourists more likely to use the walking tracks, those more and less likely to visit during peak crowding times and finally, the development of an automated spatio-temporal dependence model via a machine-based learning environment, designed to operate in real time. The paper details the implications that innovative methodologies such as this may offer natural resource managers and tourism authorities, particularly in terms of locating, assessing and ultimately alleviating crowding and overtourism.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:visitor mobility, GNSS technology, national parks, tourist movement, visitor tracking, crowding
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Tourism infrastructure development
UTAS Author:Hardy, A (Associate Professor Anne Hardy)
UTAS Author:Aryal, J (Dr Jagannath Aryal)
ID Code:134992
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-09-18
Last Modified:2022-08-23
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