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Walkability and attachment to tourism places in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Ujang, Norsidah and Muslim, Zulkifli (2015) Walkability and attachment to tourism places in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Athens Journal of Tourism, 2 (1). pp. 55-67. ISSN 2241-8148


Tourism places as the main income generating areas should be highlighted as tourist-friendly places. Walkable tourism places will intensify the tourist magnets and focal elements that may increase place attachment. Visitors which include tourists have intensively used urban places, facilities and services, but little of these spaces were designed specifically for tourists’ use. In view of the lack of concern as to how to provide quality and memorable walking experience for visitors, this study identifies issues regarding walkability and pedestrians’ experience of tourism places in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This paper presents visitors’ feedback on walkability of the city in light of place attachment dimensions. It analyses visitors’ satisfaction and attachment gathered from preliminary surveys and interviews conducted in several places of attractions in the city. The preliminary findings indicate that pleasantness while walking, and the accessibility affects the visitors’ form of engagement with activities and the functional attachment to the places. The emotional attachment is also reflected in the visitors’ identification of visual attractiveness that reflects image and identity, particularly in the areas with strong historical and cultural attributes.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Design and Architecture
Publisher: The Tourism Research Unit of The Athens Institute for Education and Research
Keywords: Walkability; Place attachment; Tourism places; Kuala Lumpur
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2016 07:24
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 07:24
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/35999
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