Experiencing nature: physical activity, beauty and tension in Tatras National Park. Analysis of TripAdvisor reviews
Agnieszka Niezgoda , Marek Nowacki
AbstractThe aim of this article is to analyse the experiences gained by tourists visiting one of the most visited protected areas in Poland—the Tatra National Park (TNP). The authors focused on the following question: does the natural heritage of the national park affect visitors’ unique experiences or is environmentally valuable area not important for their experiences? This article uses mixed quantitative (Text Mining, co-occurrence network analysis) and qualitative (narratives research) methods. Data for analysis—revives posted by users between April 2011 and September 2019—were downloaded from TripAdvisor.co.uk. Reviews on TripAdvisor indicate that the most important for visiting tourists were the experiences of physical activity. This confirms the trend of maintaining health and the desire to regenerate physical strength. The group of reviews related to connection to nature experiences is extremely small, which indicates that tourists probably did not come to TNP as a result of a preference for experiences related to ecological awareness. Some tourists felt tension, which indicates that the carrying capacity was exceeded. There is a doubt as to whether tourists who want to engage in physical activity must necessarily visit the area with the highest degree of nature protection.
|Journal series||Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, (N/A 70 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.7|
|Keywords in Polish||doświadczenia turystyczne, świadomość ekologiczna, obszary chronione, Tatrzański Park Narodowy, TripAdvisor|
|Keywords in English||tourist experiences; ecological awareness; protected areas; Tatra National Park; TripAdvisor|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Score||= 70.0, 05-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 0.911; : 2018 = 2.592 (2) - 2018=2.801 (5)|
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