nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2010‒12‒18
four papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Antarctic tourism: Environmental concerns and the importance of Antarctica's natural attractions for tourists By Tisdell, Clem
  2. Recreational trip timing and duration prediction: A research note By Hailu, Atakelty; Gao, Lei
  3. Searching for the determinants of world heritage listing: an econometric analysis By Bertacchini Enrico; Saccone Donatella
  4. Economic valuation of recreational fishing in Western Australia By Raguragavan, Jananee; Hailu, Atakelty; Burton, Michael

  1. By: Tisdell, Clem
    Abstract: This article provides general background on the development of tourism in Antarctica and environmental concerns raised by it. However, the major part of it reports on and interprets the results from a survey of tourists visiting Antarctica on a cruise ship. Particular attention is given to the socioeconomic profiles of these tourists, their stated level of knowledge of Antarctica before and after their visit, the relative importance to these visitors of seeing different species of Antarctic wildlife and whether or not the opportunity of seeing Antarctic wildlife was of critical importance for their decision to visit Antarctica. The relative valuation by the sampled tourist of features of their Antarctic cruise is explored along with changes in their attitude to nature conservation following their visit to Antarctica. The opinions of respondents about environmental issues involving Antarctica are summarised and their attitudes towards increased tourism in Antarctica are outlined. The article concludes with a discussion of environmental policy issues raised by the development of tourism in Antarctica.
    Keywords: Antarctica, Antarcticaâs natural attractions, cruise ships in Antarctica, environmental conservation in Antarctica, tourism in Antarctica, wildlife conservation in Antarctica., Consumer/Household Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy, L83, Q26, Q57,
    Date: 2010–10
  2. By: Hailu, Atakelty; Gao, Lei
    Abstract: This paper presents models that predict two recreational fishing trip parameters: the length of a trip and the timing of a trip within a year. A discrete choice (logit) model linking the choice of trip timing to calendar events, the demographic characteristics of anglers as well as the nature of the trip is econometrically estimated. A Tobit model is used to evaluate the relationship between fishing trip length and personal and trip characteristics. The results indicate that timing choice and trip length can be explained well in terms of observable personal and trip variables. Knowledge of these relationships is a useful input to tourism/recreational fishing management as well as to the development of tourism/fishing activity simulation models.
    Keywords: recreational fishing, trip timing, length of recreational trips, tourism simulation, environmental impact management, Environmental Economics and Policy,
    Date: 2010–11–30
  3. By: Bertacchini Enrico; Saccone Donatella (University of Turin)
    Abstract: The present paper provides empirical evidence of the main determinants affecting WorldHeritage listing across countries and time. While World Heritage represents the most relevant tangible cultural asset for the humankind, little research has been conducted to understand the conditions influencing the process of sites inscription. Using panel data, we provide a preliminary investigation about the relationship between world heritage sites per country and economic, social and institutional variables. In addition, we test whether additional political factors, such as the country involvement in the World Heritage Committee, influence inscription of national heritage sites in the list. The paper contributes to the cultural economics literature by addressing new insights on the determinants affecting the valorization of cultural heritage
    Date: 2010–11
  4. By: Raguragavan, Jananee; Hailu, Atakelty; Burton, Michael
    Abstract: Allocation of fish resource is a controversial subject. Decision making is partly made difficult by the lack of knowledge on recreational fishing preferences and the value of fishing opportunities. This study investigates fishing site choices in Western Australia. Recreational fishing data covering the eight major fishing regions and fourty eight fishing sites in the State are used. The data are used to estimate a random utility model (RUM) of site choice behaviour with a supporting negative binomial econometric model of angler and fish-specific expected catch rates. We provide value estimates for different fish types, fishing site attribute changes as well as site access values. It is argued that sound economic value estimates can be starkly different from ad hoc recreational estimates that are commonly cited or presented.
    Keywords: non-market valuation, recreational fishing, random utility models, fisheries management, marine environment management, Environmental Economics and Policy,
    Date: 2010–02–23

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