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Visitor monitoring and education in recreation and tourism management in marine protected areas: A technology-driven approach

Conference contribution
Authors Andreas Skriver Hansen
Richard Torkar
Claudio Aguyao
Michael Lück
Brooke Porter
Published in Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference of the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT): The future of community engagement in tourism: Adressing the (im)balance between tourism growth and local community involvement
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (GU)
Language en
Keywords Visitor Monitoring, Visitor Education, Ecological literacy, Pedagogics, IT, Protected Areas
Subject categories Computer Systems, Robotics, Learning, Communication Systems, Pedagogical Work, Human Geography


The project proposes the development of a digital platform for visitor monitoring and education in the management of sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism. Visitor monitoring and education are important activities in modern outdoor recreation and tourism management, and have long been two central research themes among outdoor and tourism researchers, both in Sweden and internationally. The introduction of emerging technologies is important because it allows the development of more efficient visitor management and unique educational opportunities. This development, in turn, promotes more sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism activities through knowledge and education of visitors when they are engaging with nature. The aim of this project is to address the design, development and implementation of a digital platform for visitor monitoring and education, focusing on smart digital technology in the advancement of sustainable management of outdoor recreation and tourism. The project will draw attention to several research and development opportunities that will be examined in relation to the use of the digital platform. This includes theoretical considerations from various disciplines within area management and visitor monitoring to technical, educational, socio-cultural and experiential reflections on visitors’ use of digital learning in recreational areas. Two project groups, one in Sweden and one in New Zealand, are responsible for the project.

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