nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2008‒06‒21
five papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. A contingent ranking study on the preferences of tourists across seasons By Cuccia Tiziana
  2. The Impact of College Athletics on Employment in the Restaurant and Accommodations Industries By Bernard F. Lentz; David N. Laband
  3. Distribuição Espacial da Ocupação no Setor de Turismo: Brasil e Regiões By Margarida Hatem Pinto Coelho
  4. Distretto Moda Piemonte. Esposizioni, eventi, laboratori creativi, collezione moda By Falletti Vittorio; Santagata Walter; Bernabei Francesco; Borrione Paola
  5. Land-use planning and public preferences: What can we learn from choice experiments method? By Rambonilaza, Tina

  1. By: Cuccia Tiziana
    Abstract: This paper presents the results of a contingent ranking study carried out on a sample of tourists visiting the province of Ragusa (in South-Eastern Sicily,Italy), known for both its baroque heritage and its sea coasts. I focus only on two attributes of tourism products, namely the accommodation structures (which appear to have a large importance for tourists’ choice, according to similar previous analyses) and local attractions (sea and costs, cultural and natural heritage endowments, performing-arts, local wine&food products). I evaluate whether and how the weight attached by tourists to the attributes and their levels change across seasons.
    Date: 2008–05
  2. By: Bernard F. Lentz (Drexel University); David N. Laband (Auburn University)
    Abstract: In this paper, we analyze Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)-level data in the U.S. to examine the economic impact of college athletics. Specifically, we examine the relationship between total athletics revenues (aggregated across all colleges in an MSA) and MSA-level employment in the accommodations and food services industries. Controlling for a variety of other factors that might influence hotel/restaurant employment within an MSA, we find that below $40 million (in 2005) in college athletics revenues there is no evidence that college athletics affects MSA employment in the food services and accommodations industries. However, above $40 million we find highly significant impacts on employment in the food services and accommodations industries that climb with college sports revenue generation.
    Keywords: sports, college athletics, economic impact, food services and accommodations, tourism
    JEL: L83
    Date: 2008–06
  3. By: Margarida Hatem Pinto Coelho
    Abstract: Este documento está embasado em uma série de estudos e pesquisas que o Ipea desenvolve desde 2003, a respeito do mercado de trabalho no setor de turismo, com o objetivo de subsidiar a formulação de políticas públicas, o planejamento e a monitoração do desempenho desse setor, bem como seu impacto econômico e social, nos níveis nacional, regional e estadual. Aqui são apresentados, para o Brasil e por região, os principais resultados desses estudos, relativos à mão-de-obra ocupada nas chamadas Atividades Características do Turismo (ACTs): Alojamento, Agências de viagem, Transportes, Aluguel de transportes, Auxiliar de transportes, Alimentação e Cultura e lazer. Analisam-se, no conjunto e separadamente, as informações referentes às cinco macrorregiões do país - Sudeste, Sul, Centro-Oeste, Nordeste e Norte - com dados sobre o número de ocupações nos segmentos formal e informal, a participação relativa de cada atividade no total de empregos no turismo, a formalidade e a evolução dessas atividades, no período dezembro de 2002 a dezembro de 2006. Inicialmente, faz-se uma contextualização do tema, explicando resumidamente como esses estudos foram elaborados e, a seguir, apresentam-se os resultados. This document is based on a series of studies and researches that have been developed, since 2003, by IPEA, regarding the labor market in the tourist sector. These studies are aimed at the subsidiing of public policy elaboration planning and evaluation of this sector as well as its social and economic impact at the federal, state and municipal levels. The current paper presents for Brazil as a whole and, by regions, the main results of such studies in terms of the labor force occupied in the so-called typical activities of the sector: lodging, meals, travel agencies, transportation, transportation rentals, transportation assistance, culture and leisure. Information is analyzed and organized by totals and in terms of the five macro-regions of the country (Southeast, South, Center-West, Northeast and North), with data concerning the number of occupation in the formal and informal sectors, the relative participation of each activity in the total employment rate generated by tourism and the evolution and trend of such activities in the period going from December 2002 to December 2006. The theme is, first of all, put in context with a brief explanation of how these studies were done, followed by the results which were obtained.
    Date: 2008–01
  4. By: Falletti Vittorio; Santagata Walter (University of Turin); Bernabei Francesco; Borrione Paola
    Date: 2008–05
  5. By: Rambonilaza, Tina
    Abstract: In this article we discuss the economic approach to evaluate landscape preferences for land-use planning. We then use the choice experiment method to examine public preferences for three landscape features – hedgerows, farm buildings and scrubland – in the Monts d’Arrée region (in Brittany, France), in the context of re-design of landscape conservation policy by the local environmental institute. Surveys were undertaken on two user groups, visitors and local residents. Our objective was to obtain empirical evidence of the difference between the preferences of tourists and residents, for landscape attributes. We then analysed the welfare changes of tourists and residents affected by different landscape programmes. Our results point out the strong divergence between the landscape preferences of the public and those of local public actors. The comparison of the estimated values of willingness to pay for single-attribute landscaping action shows some divergence between residents’ and tourists’ ranking of preferences for agricultural landscape areas.
    Keywords: landscape preferences; attributes; choice experiment; welfare estimates
    JEL: Q0 D61
    Date: 2005–05–23

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