My paper presents an exploratory and collaborative public engagement with research study; and considers its potential to inform future festivals planning in Edinburgh as the festival city and a hospitable destination. My study involved a co-designed methodology to engage with residents as secondary stakeholders. The aim was to gain an understanding of their memories and experiences of Edinburgh’s festival spaces and places. A creative walking workshop methodology was intended, however, due to the global pandemic, this was adapted to become online walking, and mapping. Alongside research findings, an outcome was a geolocated sonic map and walking tour. My paper concludes with reflections on the potential of virtual walking methods in the context of inclusive festival and destination management.
Todd, L. (2022, May). Online walking and mapping: understanding residents’ engagement with Edinburgh’s festival city spaces and places. Paper presented at CHME 2022: The Human Touch in Hospitality, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh