Swarnali Dihingia

The walking tourist: An investigation of people’s perception when walking

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Walking is one of the most usual of the activities conducted by tourists when they travel. The walking experiences of people differ from place to place and from person to person. These encounters are never experienced in isolation but in amalgamation with the surrounding environment and the sequence of events and memories that lead to it.

The research would examine how tourists move around a city and more precisely, the indicators which restrict or encourage their walks.  In this research, two New Zealand cities, Wellington and Christchurch would be used as case studies by conducting a day walk survey using a booklet on local and tourist to identify any differences in their perception, if it exists. Through this research the quality of walking experience gained in a city could be recognized which could be used as the foundation for design to enhance these city experiences of people.


Professor Brenda Vale and  Associate Professor Morten Gjerde, NTNU


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Master of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Bachelors of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, India