Using GPS Supported Speed Analysis to Determine Spatial Visitor Behaviour

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  • Michael Bauder

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    1. Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
    • Correspondence to: Michael Bauder, Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg, Werthmannstraße 4, D-79085 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

      E-mail: michael.bauder@geographie.uni-freiburg.de

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Abstract

In this paper a new approach to determine spatial visitor behaviour using GPS-based measurement of tourists' velocity is given. I prove that GPS-based velocity measurement is valid and feasible, even in urban areas. Furthermore, I illustrate that the possibility to interpret spatial visitor behaviour, as well as the choice of transportation type, can be drawn out of the recorded data. The suggested procedure delivers several benefits for destination and tourism management, given that the knowledge of spatial visitor behaviour is central to a successful and sustainable destination management. As an example, two studies (Freiburg, Berlin) are presented in this paper. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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