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The Tourism Climatic Comfort Level at Huisun Forest Station
|關鍵字:||旅遊氣候指數;旅遊舒適度;熱調適;惠蓀林場;tourism climatic index;tourism comfort;thermal adaptation;Huisun Forest Station||摘要:||
氣候是遊憩活動品質的影響因子之一，舒適的氣候可讓旅遊過程更加愉快，不舒適的氣候則可能導致旅遊者須取消旅行的計畫。因此Mieczkowski在1985年提出旅遊氣候指數（Tourism Climatic Index, TCI），用來評估旅遊氣候適宜性，提供旅遊愛好者從事戶外活動時之參考。本研究的目的在於瞭解臺灣旅客的旅遊氣候舒適感受，以惠蓀林場為研究地點，進行五個研究主題之探討，分別是（1）不同的遊客個人背景所喜歡的天氣條件、（2）不同天氣條件對於遊客出門遊玩的意願程度、（3）遊客對於惠蓀林場環境的天氣感受、（4）遊客對舒適的感受與旅遊氣候指數（TCI）之一致性、（5）遊客熱不適時的調適行為。
Climate is one of the factors that influence the quality of recreational activities. A comfortable weather can lead to a pleasant journey while an uncomfortable one may cause the cancellation of travel plans. Mieczkowski (1985) has proposed the Tourism Climatic Index (TCI) to assess the climate suitability of tourism and provide useful information for travel enthusiasts to engage in activities. The purpose of this study is to provide a comfortable climate assessment for Taiwanese travellers. The Huisun Forest Station was chosen as the study site, and the five research subjects were discussed, including: (1) The preferred weather conditions fortoursits with different personal backgrounds, (2) The degree of tourists' willingness to take part of outdoor activies under different weather conditions, (3) tourists' perception toward the prevailing climatic condition at the Huisun Forest Station, (4) The consistency of tourists' behavior that can be presented by the Tourism Climate Index (TCI), (5) The adjustment behavior of tourists when they are not feeling well.
A local questionnaire was distributed to survey 414 visitors. Collected data were applied to perform the One-Way ANOVA and Multiple Regression Analysis. Main findings for tourists with personal background suggested that males are less tolerant to hot days compared to females. Tourists who are elder than 50 years old would favor rainy days more than other age groups. Also, more overweight people are, the more sensitive to the heat they would be. Regarding the tourists' willingness for outdoor acitivied under certain weather conditions, we found that travelers are more willing to go out when it is cloudy, less chaces to rain and at a moderate temperature. After studying visitors' perception toward the prevailing climatic condition at the Huisun Forest Station, I found out that wind speed and age acted coupledly as key factors to influence visitors' behavior toward tourism confort. However, results of TCI showed some inconsistency with tourists' behavior. In particular, actual comfort degrees presented by tourists was less than values derieved by TCI formula, which implied that the TCI index may overestimate. Moreover, after comparing tourists' behavior related to thermal discomfort in a forest recreational area and in an urban green space, it was identified that the adjustment strategy at the psychological level is quite different. For example, tourists in forest recreation areas tend to be optimistic and active, while tourists in an urban green space mostly respond in passive adaptind way at the psychological level.
Overall, this study indicated that the personal background of tourists and the climatic conditions before departure will affect tourists' decision making, particularly, to carry on their original travel plan or not. The climatic conditions at recreational locations will affect the comfort of tourism activities. When the thermal discomfort occurs, tourists will adapt behavioral adjustment strategy and then goes to the psychological one. The study also found out the inconsistency between the TCI and actual comfort level. Thus, further research is suggested to carry out in the future.
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