National park visitor segments and their interest in rural tourism services and intention to revisit

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The study aims to understand national park visitors’ interests to use tourism services provided in the vicinity of Linnansaari, Seitseminen and Repovesi national parks in Southern Finland. Separate visitor groups were identified based on their use of tourism services and their intention to revisit the area. Data were generated from a questionnaire survey of 736 visitors to the national parks. The analyses revealed five dimensions of interest in tourism services from which five visitor groups were identified: Countryside and outdoor friends, who were inter-ested in recreation services; safari riders, interested in renting snowmobiles and similar services; guided visitors, who were interested in guided tours; roomand rental seekers, whose main interest was accommodation and rental services, and uninterested, who had no interest in services. The strongest intentions to revisit the parks and the regions were recorded among “country-side and outdoor friends” and “safari riders”. The results of this study may help tourism enterprises, municipal-ity decision makers and park managers in rural communities surrounding national parks to understand and recognize visitors’ overall needs of tourism services.


Nature-based tourism, visitor, visitor segmentation, factor analysis, clustering

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IDR: 140209443   |   DOI: 10.1273712533

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