nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2008‒12‒14
four papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Spatial Variability of Tourism Demand and Differences in Economic Impact in a Rural Economic Development Context By Das, Biswa R.; Rainey, Daniel V.
  2. Inter-organizational commitment in tourism networks in U.S. By Pesämaa, Ossi; Hair Jr, Joseph F; Haahti, Antti
  3. Multi-destination and multi-purpose trip effects in the analysis of the demand for trips to a remote recreational site By Roberto Martinez-Espineira; Joe Amoako-Tuffour
  4. Valuing Recreational Benefits of a National Park in Andean Colombia By Alvarez, Sergio; Larkin, Sherry L.

  1. By: Das, Biswa R.; Rainey, Daniel V.
    Abstract: Statistically predicted future tourism demand is used to conduct an economic impact analysis in twelve tourism zones in the state of Arkansas. The analysis reveals spatial variability in employment, and output growth that will continue into the future. Tourism has the potential as an economic growth engine for the state, especially in economically disadvantaged regions with long-term benefits.
    Keywords: Tourism Demand, Economic Impact Analysis, Rural Development, Community/Rural/Urban Development, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy, R15, R58,
    Date: 2008
  2. By: Pesämaa, Ossi (Jönköping International Business School); Hair Jr, Joseph F (Kennesaw State University); Haahti, Antti (University of Lapland)
    Abstract: How does the process of inter-organizational commitment develop between tourism firms? This paper proposes and tests a theoretical model of inter-organizational commitment. The model is based on six constructs and was tested on 99 small and medium sized firms. The model exhibits nomological, convergent and discriminant validity, as well as reliability. The contribution of the paper is related to measurement development as well as identifying a unique sequential order to the process of inter-organizational commitment. It also suggests policy implications for successful development of the tourism industry in remote geographical areas.
    Keywords: Inter-organizational commitment; Structural Equation Model; Cooperative motives; Partner selection; trust; reciprocity
    JEL: C12 C42
    Date: 2008–04–02
  3. By: Roberto Martinez-Espineira; Joe Amoako-Tuffour
    Abstract: One of the basic assumptions of the travel cost method for recreational demand analysis is that the travel cost is always incurred for a single purpose recreational trip. Several studies have skirted around the issue with simplifying assumptions and dropping observations considered as non-conventional holiday-makers or as non-traditional visitors from the sample. The effectof such simplifications on the benefit estimates remains conjectural. Given the remoteness of notable recreational parks, multi-destination or multi-purpose trips are not uncommon. This paper examines the consequences of allocating travel costs to a recreational site when some trips were taken for purposes other than recreation and/or included visits to other recreational sites. Using a multi-purpose weighting approach on data from Gros Morne National Park, Canada, we conclude that a proper correction for multi-destination or multi-purpose trip is more of what is needed to avoid potential biases in the estimated effects of the price (travel-cost) variable and of the income variable in the trip generation equation.
    Keywords: Travel cost method; multi-purpose trips; multi-destination trips; count data; consumer surplus, endogenous stratification
    JEL: Q26 C24
    Date: 2008–11–19
  4. By: Alvarez, Sergio; Larkin, Sherry L.
    Abstract: Protected undeveloped areas are an important tool for land conservation in developing nations. Efficient land allocation decisions and resource management requires knowledge of non-market benefits. Using travel cost and contingent valuation data from on-site interviews and secondary data on visitation, this study will value a national park in Columbia.
    Keywords: consumer surplus, non-market valuation, willingness to pay, zonal travel cost, International Development, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy, Q24, Q26, Q57,
    Date: 2008

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