Cycling Tourism Situation in Songkhla Special Economic Zone

Main Article Content

Parichat Singsaktrakul Umaporn Muneenam

Abstract

              This research article studies the cycling tourism situation in the Songkhla Special Economic Zone. Data were collected from relevant documents and observations, including interviews from various sectors comprising 29 respondents from local administrative organizations, related government authorities, tourism entrepreneurs, and bicycle clubs. These qualitative data were then using narrative analysis. The study found that local administrative organizations and government authorities in the study area had set plans related to cycling tourism; such as, providing bike lanes in the main tourist attraction areas, and improving the landscape, attractions and facilities for cycling tourists. Items of interest for cycling tourists in this Zone consisted of natural and cultural attractions that cyclists could access. Facilities found there were various forms of accommodation, with prices being not too high. Although there were many bicycle parking areas, there is still a lack of specific facilities for cycling tourists; such as, bicycle maintenance tools, cleaning places, and information services concerning cycling tourism. Food shops, stores, bike shops, and bike repair shops could be found, but they were mostly situated in the town itself or in the main tourist attraction area, but not in the cycling routes area. Moreover, there were no bike-lane signs or friendly route signs showing information concerning bicycle paths, tourism programs, activities or bike route maps. According to this cycling tourism situation above, a further in-depth study is required to understand the requirements of the cycling tourists in the area to improve cycling tourism developments appropriate to the situation and the needs of these tourists.

Keywords

Article Details

Section
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts

References

Arunothaipipat, Rosamarin and Pornthep Dissyabut. (2017). “Touring cyclists’ preferences for bike-friendly accommodation attributes.” Veridian e-Journal National Humanities and Social Science 10, 2 (May–August): 1,476-1,487.
Bicycle New South Wales. (2016). Benefits of Cycling. Accessed November 19, 2016. Available from https://bicyclensw.org.au/info/benefits/.
Bodor, Adam, Ed Lancaster, Ben McEldowney and Jesús Freire. (2016). Eurovelo, European Cycle Route Network [Press pack]. Brussels, Belgium: European Cyclists’ Federation.
Chang, Hsin-Wen and Hsin-Li Chang. (2003). “A strategic study of bicycle tourism in Taiwan.” Journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies 5, 8 (October): 1,675-1,685.
Dewi, Kartina Andam. (2012). “The Improvement of Cycle Tourism in Kota Tua Jakarta: Learning from The Netherlands.” Master’s thesis, Faculty of Urban Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
European Commission. (2015). Eurobarometer ‘Quality of transport’ of the European commission. Accessed November 20, 2016. Available from https://www.cbi.eu/sites/default/files/market_information/researches/product-factsheet-europe-cycling-tourism-2015.pdf.
Koch, Krisztina Kormosné. (2011) “Bicycle tourism in Hungary.” Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce 7,1 (January– March): 67-71.
Lee, Cheng-Fei and Hsun-I Huang. (2014). “The attractiveness of Taiwan as a bicycle tourism destination: A supply-side approach.” Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research 19, 3 (July– September): 273-299.
Meletiou, Mary Paul, Judson J. Lawrie, Thomas J. Cook, Sarah W. O'Brien and John Guenther. (2005). “Economic Impact of Investments in Bicycle Facilities: Case Study of North Carolina's Northern Outer Banks.” Journal of the Transportation Research Board 1,939, 1 (January): 15-21.
Meschik, Michael. (2012). “Sustainable cycling tourism along the Danube Cycle Route in Austria.” Tourism Planning & Development 9, 1 (January– February): 41-56.
Motortrivia. (2018). Tourism Authority of Thailand Supports for Cycling Tourism in 2018. Accessed November 20, 2016. Available from https://motortrivia.com/2018/05/wirasak-kowsoorad-interview/
Nickerson, Norma Polovitz., Jake Jorgenson, Meredith Berry, Jane Kwennye, Daniel Kosel and Jessica Schutz. (2014). “Bicycling tourism providing economic development opportunities for Montana.” Montana Business Quarterly 52, 2 (Summer): 2-7.
Piket, Pieter, Eke Eijgelaar and Paul Peeters. (2013). “European cycling tourism: A tool for sustainable regional rural development.” Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce 7, 2-3 (May– August): 115–119.
Ritchie, Brent W. (1998). “Bicycling tourism in the South Island of New Zealand: Planning and management issues.” Tourism Management 19, 6 (December): 567–582.
Sustrans. (1999). Cycling Tourism [Brochure]. Bristol, England: Sustrans.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (n.d.). Happy Cycling Route: Fun Cycling and Admire Thai Way with TAT. Accessed November 25, 2016. Available from https://www.tourismthailand.org/fileadmin/upload_img/Multimedia/Ebrochure/669/BIKE.pdf
Wyszkowska-Wróbel, Ewa. (2014). “Prospects for the development of recreational cycling in the Pomeranian province of Poland.” Scientific Journal of Gdynia Maritime University 84, 84 (March– April): 182-187.