nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2005‒07‒03
one paper chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Multicriteria evaluation and local environmental planning for sustainable tourism By De Montis, Andrea; Deplano, Giancarlo; Nijkamp, Peter

  1. By: De Montis, Andrea (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics); Deplano, Giancarlo; Nijkamp, Peter
    Abstract: Within the framework of the certification for the environmental management system (EMS) and its total quality (i.e. ISO 14001 and VISION 2000), methodologies and research focus on innovative models for sustainable and environmentally-sound tourism. The complexity of these concepts requires the assessment of analytical schemes able to tackle conflicting situations and the subjectivity of political decisions. Thus, this paper provides insights into decision-making for a hypothetical institutional body interested in developing an objective standardized procedure for evaluating the spatial dimension of sustainable tourist development. The methodology assessed belongs to the family of multicriteria tools and is developed by the integration of the Regime method (Hinloopen and Nijkamp, 1990) with the AHP method (Saaty, 1988). The high volatility of the results is studied by means of sensitivity analysis and this leads to further reflections on the requirements of an Internet-based evaluation and learning process, grounded in a remote access debate among the stakeholders.
    Keywords: Multicriteria analysis; Sustainable tourism; Environmental planning
    Date: 2004

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