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Strengthening Tourists’ Engagement in Guided Hiking and Trekking

Version 1 : Received: 30 April 2019 / Approved: 3 May 2019 / Online: 3 May 2019 (16:20:03 CEST)

How to cite: Leister, W. Strengthening Tourists’ Engagement in Guided Hiking and Trekking. Preprints 2019, 2019050008 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0008.v1). Leister, W. Strengthening Tourists’ Engagement in Guided Hiking and Trekking. Preprints 2019, 2019050008 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0008.v1).

Abstract

Organised hiking and trekking tours are promoted by many providers in adventure travel. Such guided tours shall be engaging for the tourists and evoke positive attitudes towards enjoying nature. We present the Trekking Engagement Profile as a tool to evaluate engagement factors of such guided tours, based on engagement research performed in a different domain, namely evaluating engagement in museums and science centres. This tool shall strengthen guides’ soft skills and enable them to increase engagement during an ongoing arrangement. For instance, the Trekking Engagement Profile can be applied when tourists indicate that the quality of a guided tour is not entirely to their liking. We show the viability of using the Trekking Engagement Profile in a small study with guides and participants of trekking tours offered by the Norwegian Trekking Association. Further, we offer guidance and charts to promote its practical use.

Subject Areas

hiking; trekking tours; engagement; outdoor leadership; soft skills; informal learning

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