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The Right of Public Access: Opportunity or Obstacle for Nature Tourism in Sweden?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5834-9518
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 291-309Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Access to countryside areas – by means of personal ownership, designated areas or free access – is fundamental to outdoor recreation and nature tourism. This paper examines the role of the Right of Public Access for public participation in outdoor recreation and nature tourism supply in Sweden. This right can be seen both as a “free space” for recreation and a way of restricting land ownership. Our study shows that the Right of Public Access has strong support among the Swedish public in general and that designated areas for recreation are less important than public access for outdoor recreation participation. Among nature tourism entrepreneurs, the Right of Public Access is considered a success factor to a much higher extent than an obstacle. We identify a tension between the general public and nature tourism entrepreneurs with respect to traditional backcountry activities such as hiking, cross‐country skiing and nature studies. One important challenge for the future will be to balance the demand for outdoor recreation with nature tourism opportunities for local economic development, and the paper concludes with a set of topics suggested for further discussion concerning the Right of Public Access in a dynamic world

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group , 2010. Vol. 10, no 3, p. 291-309
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Public Access, Tourism
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-10082DOI: 10.1080/15022250.2010.502366ISI: 000281608300008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-10082DiVA, id: diva2:493600
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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