Lee, Jae-Hyuck (2019, June). Conflict mapping toward ecotourism facility foundation using spatial Q methodology. Tourism Management, 72, 69-77. (doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.11.012) (Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2018.11.012)

Abstract: Ecotourism planning must consider the location of ecological resources, residents’ homes, and infrastructure. In numerous studies using environmental and physical data, efficient ecotourism planning is considered “development-unfriendly and negligent toward the environment” by locals. This study analyzes the preference relationships of stakeholders’ spaces through conflict mapping using Q methodology. Such mapping of stakeholder interests between two specific periods in the Maha ecotourism site, Pyeongchang, Korea, where ecotourism development conflicts peaked recently, revealed that minimizing the scale of facilities in accordance with residents’ opinions would also minimize conflict. Additionally, the concerns expressed during the early stages of development pertained to ecotourism facilities and road maintenance, which were assumed to vitalize the local community by attracting tourists. However, in terms of ecological resource maintenance, its improvement, and the use of village public spaces, a strong preference was gradually shown for spaces intended for both tourists and residents.

Jae-Hyuck Lee <ilandscape@nie.re.kr> is in the Division of Ecosystem Service & Research Planning, Bureau of Ecological Research, National Institute of Ecology, Maseo-myeon, Seocheon, South Korea.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.