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Winter Tourism in Protected Pleasure Peripheries. Time-Space Use among Cross-Country Skiers in Abisko (Sweden) and Vercors (France)

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The aim of this paper is to provide answers about nature consumption in peripheral areas and especially to map cross-country skiers' time-space use during the winter season. The main objective in this context is to investigate the factors that influence the spatial behaviour of visitors within protected areas. Understanding the consumption of protected or other wild areas is important for the production of indicators and information, regarding activities and time spent in these areas. Moreover, it provides a feedback for the managers of the protected areas concerning the policies applied. A survey has been conducted in two remote protected areas to illustrate the tourists' behaviours. Focusing essentially on time-space use by day visitors (strollers) and overnight visitors (hikers), the analysis determines the individuals' constraints and limits based on time, space, and social axes.

Keywords: individual scale; protected natural area; spatial behaviour; time-space consumption

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Spatial Modelling Centre/Department of Social and Economic Geography UmeƄ University Kiuna Sweden

Publication date: 2004-10-01

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