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Development of Korea Tourism Climate Index (KTCI)

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2014, 38(6), pp.253-275
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Kim, Nam Jo 1 Kim, Sang-Tae 2

1한양대학교
2한양대학교 관광학과

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ABSTRACT

A Tourism Climate Index (TCI) is a useful indicator to evaluate a climate’s environment to determine whether it is appropriate for tourists to participate in outdoor activities. The purpose of this study is to develop a Korea Tourism Climate Index (KTCI), to investigate the weights of climate indicators including thermal comforts in daytime (high temperature) and daily (average temperature), precipitation, windy speed, and the amount of cloud (sunshine). For this study, on-site surveys during all four seasons for outdoor recreationists were investigated. This study suggests that the weights for KTCI are as follows: high temperature is 25.9%; average temperature is 20.9%, precipitation is 32.2%, windy speed is 11.6%, and the amount of cloud is 9.5%. This result is somewhat different from research by Mieczkowski (1985). This study also suggests that KTCI may consist of different climate indicators depending on the season and the outdoor activity. The KTCI suggested in this study may contribute to tourists and tourism enterprises to find the most appropriate season and place for socio-economic benefits.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.