nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2015‒12‒08
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. How Travelers Use Online and Social Media Channels to Make Hotel Choice Decisions. A Comparative Study of Russian Federation and American Tourists’ Online Consumer Behavior By Sergey P. Kazakov; Marina D. Predvoditeleva
  2. On the demand for agritourism: a cursory review of methodologies and practice By Santeramo, Fabio Gaetano; Barbieri, Carla

  1. By: Sergey P. Kazakov (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Marina D. Predvoditeleva (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: Over the last decades, the global hospitality and tourism (or H&T) industry has undergone dramatic changes. Among the factors stimulating the growth of the H&T industry, the spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and social media should be emphasized. The same trends characterize the Russian H&T industry as well. However, despite the significant role of social media in the Russian H&T industry, there is still a lack of understanding of Russian H&T customers’ behavior. The current study aims to fill this gap and demonstrates how Russian travelers use social media to make hotel choice decisions and share their experiences on social media after their travel is completed. In order to deliver a more thorough revealing of Russian travel consumers’ peculiarities and to discover if there is Russian uniqueness, the online behavior of American and Russian travelers is compared in this paper.
    Keywords: hospitality industry, social media, ICT, customers’ behavior, Russia.
    JEL: M16
    Date: 2015
  2. By: Santeramo, Fabio Gaetano; Barbieri, Carla
    Abstract: During the last decades agritourism has expanded tremendously worldwide given visitors’ increased interest to appreciate the life in the countryside and farmers’ need to enhance their revenues from different economic activities. Despite such enlarged agritourism development, scant information is available on the state of its demand at both national and international levels. Given such a need, we cursory reviewed the range of econometric methods employed to evaluate the demand of agritourism, summarizing the salient findings in their application. Our assessment shows that current studies provide a limited characterization of the agritourism demand, especially in terms of methods utilized and information compiled. We suggest that a broader set of economic approaches are needed to control for existing bias and model flaws, and to isolate the features and amenities pulling visitors to agritourism destinations. We also suggest expanding economic studies to fully capture the impact of increased agritourism demand in surrounding communities.
    Keywords: Agritourism, Demand, Stated Preference, Revealed Preference, Tourism Flow
    JEL: L83 P25 Q1 Q10 Z0
    Date: 2015–11–01

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