Impact of spatial change on tourism by bridge connections between Islands: A case study of Ganghwa County in South Korea

Daeyoung Jeong, Yun Eui Choi, Lilan Jin, Jinhyung Chon

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The purpose of this study is to (1) measure the change in street networks of islands that are connected by bridges using space syntax and verify the relationships among spatial centrality, traffic volume and tourism facilities (small accommodations) and (2) establish strategies for sustainable tourism management through identifying the impact of this island connection on tourism destinations. Ganghwa County (Ganghwa Island, Seokmo Island and Gyodong Island) in South Korea was chosen as the study area, and we applied the angular segment analysis (ASA) method by metric distance based on space syntax. The results of this study showed that the construction of sea-crossing bridges between islands affected street networks considering metric radii (on a local scale, a mid-scale and a global scale) and areas with high spatial centrality in the study area affected traffic volumes and increased the number of small accommodations following the construction of bridges. The core areas of the whole street network were analyzed, and alternative paths for tourist flow diffusion, tourism development, land use regulation and environmental education for responsible tourism were proposed as key strategies for sustainable tourism. The findings of this study will contribute to reducing the potential for social and ecological damage by providing practical management strategies for island tourism destinations connected by bridges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6516
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) grant (No. 2018000210006) funded by Ministry of Environment (MOE).

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  • Island bridge
  • Island studies
  • Space syntax
  • Spatial centrality
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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