Impact of COVID-19 on vacation recreational walking: Evidence from an urban coastal destination
Delclòs-Alió, X., Gutiérrez, A., Arija, V., Canals, J., Tomàs-Porres, J., Miravet, D. and Anton Clavé, S. (2022): “Impact of COVID-19 on vacation recreational walking: Evidence from an urban coastal destination” Journal of Leisure Research
The study examines the impact of COVID-19 on recreational walking, a relevant activity for tourists. Observing the responses of a group of tourists on the Costa Daurada during August 2020, only 5% of the participants reported having walked less compared to normal circumstances; 20% reported having walked more. This is associated with the quality of urban facilities and the perceived safety of avoiding contagion compared to other spaces. It is shown that the pandemic has altered entertainment patterns, leading to an increase in outdoor activities.