nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2010‒01‒23
four papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. From Wine Production to Wine Tourism Experience: the Case of Italy By Asero, Vincenzo; Patti, Sebastiano
  2. They arrive with new information. Tourism flows and production efficiency in the European regions By Emanuela Marrocu; Raffaele Paci
  3. World heritage: Where are we? An empirical analysis By Bruno S. Frey; Paolo Pamini
  4. The Economic Contribution of the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority Rail Line By Tuck, Brigid; Linscheid, Neil; Dolan, Tim; Nelson, David

  1. By: Asero, Vincenzo; Patti, Sebastiano
    Abstract: Typical products, mainly local food and wine, are considered suitable features to characterise the tourist supply of a destination and in many cases they are a major attraction of a territory. These products contain a strong reference to the territory in which they are produced. They simultaneously represent on the market a geographic area, its traditions and its cultural heritage, they identify a local community and its identity as well. Therefore typical products can be defined as âterritorial intensive productsâ (TIPs). Wine tourism represents the most innovative phenomenon of the more general tourism supply created around a TIP and certainly the most evident. The paper considers the importance of quality wine in Italy in helping to create the tourist supply of different territories through the creation of the Wine and Food Routes (WFRs) that represent a particular kind of tourist thematic itineraries. The paper confirms that quality wines are the âdriverâ of WFRs creating a model of socioeconomic district.
    Keywords: Agribusiness, Agricultural and Food Policy,
    Date: 2009–11
  2. By: Emanuela Marrocu; Raffaele Paci
    Abstract: <p>It is well known that firms productivity is influenced by information spillovers generated either by other firms located nearby or by direct contacts with final demand or by foreign demand in the case of traded products. In this paper we investigate a new channel of efficiency - enhancing information spillovers: tourism flows. The idea is that tourists, in general, have preferences for high quality goods and differentiated products which are revealed when they buy local products in the tourism destinations, thus transmitting relevant information to the local firms. The latter, in turn, exploit this new information generating a positive impact on the efficiency level of the local economy. More specifically we examine the effects of tourist flows on regional total factor productivity, within a spatial dynamic model, controlling also for other intangible factors (such as human, social and technological capital) and for the degree of accessibility. We apply the analysis to 199 European regions belonging to the EU15 member countries, plus Switzerland and Norway. The econometric results show the positive impact of tourism flows on regional efficiency levels together with the positive role played by intangible assets, infrastructures and spatial spillovers.</p>
    Keywords: tourism, information; total factor productivity; European regions
    JEL: R10 O33 L83 D83
    Date: 2009
  3. By: Bruno S. Frey; Paolo Pamini
    Abstract: An empirical overview of the UNESCO World Heritage List according to various characteristics is presented. The officially stated intention of the World Heritage List is to protect global heritage. Our focus is on the imbalance of the existing List according to countries and continents. The existing distribution is compared to hypothetical distributions considered “balanced” from different points of view. It turns out that the World Heritage List is unbalanced with respect to a distribution of ites according to population, area or per capita income. This paper wants to reveal facts about the existing distribution, and is designed to help a reasoned discussion to emerge.
    Keywords: Global public good, World Heritage, Cultural Certificates, Monuments, UNESCO
    JEL: Z11 D6 F5 H87
    Date: 2010–01
  4. By: Tuck, Brigid; Linscheid, Neil; Dolan, Tim; Nelson, David
    Keywords: Community/Rural/Urban Development,
    Date: 2010–01

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