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How to maintain naturalness in nature-based tourism resorts? Approaches to assessments of landscape quality for tourism planning

19.5.2017

Marja Uusitalo

This thesis, which is comprised of four sub-studies, analyzes landscape quality of the resorts where year-round tourism is targeted. The ecosystems’ functioning and tourists’ landscape perceptions as aspects of landscape quality are explored through the assessments of landscape structure, landscape preferences, and mental maps.

The research data has been collected in the Levi and Ylläs tourism resorts. The findings suggest that naturalness of built-up areas is important for the sake of nature experiences and the functioning of ecosystems. Reviewing growth strategies and eco-efficient land use are suggested. In addition, the results support the development of a green infrastructure, which fosters high altitudes of nature-based tourism resorts and wilderness qualities and a trail network of their nearby nature.

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