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Adventure Tourism Definition

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Adventure tourism, one of the forms in tourism, the term of Adventure tourism is mean a large range, Buckley (2006) are define that need included ecotourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism, commercial expeditions, outdoor recreation and outdoor education. He also defined adventure tourism as “guided commercial tours where the principal attraction is an outdoor activity that relies on features of the natural terrain, generally requires specialized sporting or similar equipment, and is exciting for the tour clients.” (Buckley, 2006, P.1)The adventure tourism are based on land, water, air and mixed. For example, climbing and skiing are land activities, canoeing and surfing are water activities, bungee jumping and skydiving are air activities and the wildlife watching and volunteer tourism are the mixed activities because it can use the land the water or air both.

Adventure Tourism and related activities, may analysis to soft and hard adventure. Hill (1995) is describe the definitions of hard adventure as the activities with high levels of risk, requiring the participant have intense commitment and advanced skills. For example are unguided climbs and treks to Snow Mountain and facing the avalanches or altitude sickness. In these risk situation, just can rely on their own skills. The hand adventure activities are facing more risk than soft adventure activities. Hill (1955) also describe the soft activities is mean the activities are perceived the risk but in a low levels, it almost requiring minimal commitment and beginning skills, that mean no need the professional also is okay and suitable of the activities, and these activities almost are led by experienced guides. For example, is white water rafting, canoeing and climbing. If ...

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...pment is safety. For the government also focus on the safety in adventure activities, so such as New Zealand government, they use the law and policy to improve the safety in related activities, for example is jet boat and aviation. Some of organizations are doing more, they trained the tour guide and they must have first aid trained, it can let the customer feel more safety and the guide is professional. Not only has the activities operator needed focus on safety, the participants also need to cooperate, the customer need to listing careful of the safety talk and training, they also need to follow the instruction that can be more enjoyment with safe. However all the adventure activities both have risk, but the tourist are participant very enjoy, after they finish the activities, they almost feeling satisfy and happy. That should be a memories experience for tourist.

In this essay, the author

  • Defines adventure tourism as an outdoor activity that relies on features of the natural terrain, requires specialized sporting equipment, and is exciting for the tour clients.
  • Explains that adventure tourism and related activities, may analysis to soft and hard adventure. hill (1995) defines soft adventure as activities with high levels of risk, requiring intense commitment and advanced skills.
  • Explains dickson and dolnicar's view that adventure tourism is a part of human life. they also point out the risk on three different levels: absolute, real, and subjective.
  • Analyzes gillman's argument that children should join camping adventure activities for safety and fun. adventure activities operators want increase business and attract more people to join the activities.
  • Explains swarbrooke's 10 steps of risk management: plan ahead, identify dangers, point out potential hazards, assess the risk and re-classify the danger.
  • Explains that the government can use the legal system to improve the safety in adventure activities and increase more people to join the activities.
  • Explains the 10 steps of risk management, including plan ahead, identify dangers, point out potential hazards, remove element that contributes to dangerous situations, assess risk and re-classify danger, estimate potential losses, and make appropriate adjustments.
  • Describes the successful risk management of canadian tourism commission in blue mountain, ontario.
  • Explains that adventure activities need to focus on safety, customer reasonability, and rafting safety handouts.
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