Abstract

This study aims to extract the elements that visitors could focus on in a historical district as the aspects of the local lives and visitors’ evaluation of them by analyzing respondents’ open-ended responses about things that they thought attractive in the targeted historical districts and objects through which they sensed the lives of the locals. The visitors are grouped based on their ratings of their overall impression of the historical districts on Semantic Differential Scales, and comparison between the open-ended responses of the two groups is also attempted to obtain insights into the effects of their visiting experiences. The results imply the importance of visitors’ perception of the ways in which the districts are utilized. The areas that the respondents visited are also suggested to relate to their views of the district’s features, including the facets of the local lives.

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Eliciting the aspects of local lives in a historical district as perceived by visitors

This study aims to extract the elements that visitors could focus on in a historical district as the aspects of the local lives and visitors’ evaluation of them by analyzing respondents’ open-ended responses about things that they thought attractive in the targeted historical districts and objects through which they sensed the lives of the locals. The visitors are grouped based on their ratings of their overall impression of the historical districts on Semantic Differential Scales, and comparison between the open-ended responses of the two groups is also attempted to obtain insights into the effects of their visiting experiences. The results imply the importance of visitors’ perception of the ways in which the districts are utilized. The areas that the respondents visited are also suggested to relate to their views of the district’s features, including the facets of the local lives.