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Latent Demand and Time Contextual Constraints to Outdoor Recreation in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Etour)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3098-1490
Swedish National Institute of Public Health, Östersund 83140, Sweden.
School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (ETOUR)
2012 (English)In: Forests, ISSN 1999-4907, Vol. 3, no 1, 1-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes the latent demand to outdoor recreation participation and identifies what factors are constraining people from realizing thisdemand. In Sweden, recreation in the outdoors is seen as a public right as articulated in public policy and much of the outdoor recreation centre around forested landscapes-over 60 percent of the land area is classified as forest. Using data from a nationwide survey of 43 recreation activities, the study takes a time-contextual approach to reveal variations in recreation constraints across weekdays, weekends and holidays. Results show that almost half the population has a latent demand to increase their participation in outdoor recreation. Three categories of time contextualconstraints are identified and several of the constraints studied show variations across outdoor activities and socio-economic factors. Practical implications for the promotion of outdoor recreation participation by public agencies, recreation managers and tourism businesses are discussed based on the study findings. © 2012 by the authors.

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2012. Vol. 3, no 1, 1-21 p.
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Constraints; Demand; National survey; Recreation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-15622DOI: 10.3390/f3010001ISI: 000315414600001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84869240648OAI: diva2:469098
Available from: 2011-12-22 Created: 2011-12-22 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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