Title: Walking tourism in the city of Amman: a behavioural and spatial approach

Authors: Mairna Hussein Mustafa; Islam M. Elgammal

Addresses: Sustainable Tourism Department, Hashemite University, P.O. Box 330127, 13115 Zarqa, Jordan ' Business Administration Department, University of Jeddah, P.O. Box 80327, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Walking tourism is one of the common practices that tourists engage in while travelling to many destinations, particularly in urban contexts. This study aims to test the relationship between the qualities and benefits of walking areas as independent variables and the satisfaction of walking tourists. 118 individuals in the city centre of Amman responded to a questionnaire that was designed for this purpose. Structural Equation Modelling was used to analyse the study data. Findings revealed that only the benefits (feelings) of the respondents had a significant relationship with the satisfaction variable, which confirms the need to improve different urban qualities to be more appealing, and not only rely on the historical and social significance of the area.

Keywords: walking tourism; quality of urban areas; behaviour of walking tourists; area of downtown Amman; satisfaction; walkability; urban tourism; domestic tourism.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTP.2024.138400

International Journal of Tourism Policy, 2024 Vol.14 No.3, pp.272 - 289

Received: 28 Oct 2022
Accepted: 27 Jul 2023

Published online: 02 May 2024 *

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