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Land, Volume 8, Issue 5 (May 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Recreation and tourism are important ways by which people derive benefits from natural [...] Read more. Recreation and tourism are important ways by which people derive benefits from natural environments. Understanding how and where nature provides these benefits is necessary for management decisions that impact the environment. We develop and test an approach for mapping tourism patterns using user-generated geographical content. The volume of geotagged images and tweets and proprietary mobile phone traffic information were used to map visitation rates across Jeju Island, South Korea. Here, we found the densities of social media posts and mobile phone traffic correlated with ticket sales and gate entry counts. We also considered attributes of the natural and built environment in explaining the spatial patterns of visitation. These methods are especially useful in the context of landscape or regional-scale planning in providing quantifiable measures of cultural ecosystem services. View this paper.