Hikers’ Motives for Choosing a Hiking Trail - Evidence from the Czech Landscape Protected Areas
1 Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, 165 21 Prague, the Czech Republic
2 Faculty of Environment, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague,, 165 21 Prague, the Czech Republic
The article aims to extent the previous studies dealing with hiking and hikers’ characteristics by focusing on hikers’ motives for coming to nature based recreation areas and their motives for choosing a hiking trail. The special attention is paid on tourists coming for sportive motives. To estimate the odds by which the hikers choose a hiking trail, logistic regression is applied, and seven logit models are developed. The dependent variables in estimated models are, besides the motives for choosing hiking trail, also gender, age and education. Data for estimated model were gathered through respondents’ surveys in protected landscape areas in the Czech Republic. Results show that hikers choose a trail mainly according to the surrounding landscape appearance. The research also proved that sportive reasons are more likely to choose a hiking trail according to the length of the trail and the position of start/finish than hikers coming for nature. The hikers profile fits the hikers’ profiles found in other empirical studies.
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