nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2015‒08‒13
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Gone with the wind? The impact of wind turbines on tourism demand By Broekel, Tom; Alfken, Christoph
  2. Many Happy Returns? The Pro-Bowl, Mega-events, and Tourism in Hawaii By Robert Baumann; Victor Matheson
  3. Travel Motivations of Seniors: A Review and a Meta-Analytical Assessment By Roberto Patuelli; Peter Nijkamp

  1. By: Broekel, Tom; Alfken, Christoph
    Abstract: While wind energy production is relatively free from environmental externalities such as air pollution, it is frequently considered to negatively impact landscapes’ visual aesthetic values, thereby inducing negative effects on tourism demand. Ex- isting evidence for Germany indeed points towards a negative relationship between tourism demand and wind turbine construction. However, the existing studies pri- marily rely on interview data and simple bivariate statistics. In contrast, we make use of secondary statistics on tourism and wind turbine locations at the level of German municipalities. Using spatial panel regression techniques, we confirm a negative relation between wind turbines around municipalities and tourism demand for municipalities not located near the coast. In the latter regions, the relation between wind turbines and tourism demand is more complex.
    Keywords: wind turbines, tourism, Germany, externality, spatial panel regres- sion
    JEL: L83 Q42 Q48 R10
    Date: 2015–08–04
  2. By: Robert Baumann (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross); Victor Matheson (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)
    Abstract: We use daily airplane arrival data from 2004 to 2015 from Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to determine the net change in arrivals around a variety of sporting events. We find only one event generates a positive and significant net impact on arrivals: the Honolulu Marathon, which generates roughly 3,900 additional arrivals. No other sporting events result in a measurable increase in tourist arrivals including, notably, the NFL’s Pro Bowl, which receives a large subsidy from the state’s tourism authority.
    Keywords: sports, stadiums, franchises, impact analysis, mega-event, tourism
    JEL: O18 R53
    Date: 2015–08
  3. By: Roberto Patuelli (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy); Peter Nijkamp (Department of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)
    Abstract: Over the past decades, leisure travel has become increasingly popular in older segments of the world population, as a consequence of global factors such as a rise in life expectancy, improved health conditions, a higher disposable income, and increased availability of discretionary time in retirement age. Consequently, researchers have become more interested in studying the motivations for travel of seniors. A number of questions may be raised or have been addressed in the recent past: What are the main factors explaining the travelling choices of seniors? Are their travel motivations different from the ones of the younger population, which have been widely studied in the past? Are geographical differences in terms of motivations comparable between different age groups? Why is senior tourism a topic of particular interest with regard to Asia? In order to answer such questions, in this paper we provide a review of the literature on the travel motivations of seniors. On the basis of 29 articles published on the topic, we provide a qualitative and meta-analytic assessment of past findings, by investigating the dimensions of travel motivations most frequently employed in past seniors surveys. Finally, we discuss a research agenda for further analysis of senior travel motivations and for the integration of this branch of travel research within a wider framework.
    Date: 2015–08

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