nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2016‒02‒23
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. The tourism seasonality in Romania By Necula, Diana Maria; Draghici, Manea; Necula, Raluca
  2. Constructing cultural identities: Venezia, Venezia Nativa, Venissa By Valeria Emilia Re
  3. Nowcasting Tourism Industry Performance Using High Frequency Covariates By Carl Bonham; Peter Fuleky; James Jones; Ashley Hirashima

  1. By: Necula, Diana Maria; Draghici, Manea; Necula, Raluca
    Abstract: One of the problems which establishments managers must deal with is the seasonality from tourism. The seasonality causes may be natural (the seasons succession, climatic conditions), the variety and the cultural values attractiveness, the frequency of events (fairs, festivals, etc.) and economic and organisational (structure of the school year and university year, holidays, increasing the length of leisure time and its redistribution, habits, etc.). In this paper we pursued the seasonality calculation at the country level by calculating the coefficient of the seasonality of accommodation and overnight stays, resulting, for the period 2010-2013, for a total tourist structures an obvious seasonality. The magnitude of seasonal variation and their frequency of manifestation has consequences on the development of tourism and its efficiency, as well as other sectors of the economy, branches that tourism develops in interdependence.
    Keywords: Tourism seasonality, accommodation capacity, overnight stays
    JEL: R11 R13
    Date: 2015–11–20
  2. By: Valeria Emilia Re (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice)
    Abstract: The article examines the social and cultural co-production of representations of a place addressing the role of tourism in this process. Conceiving narratives as sets of imageries and related performing practices, I aim at exploring the case of Venice, focusing on Burano/Mazzorbo context. This focus becomes central to understanding tourism as an everyday dimension of the locality, showing the interplay between different narratives constantly produced by a wide range of social actors involved in creating place identities. In this process each subject I consider, i.e. the hospitality company Venissa and other local actors, negotiates multiple senses of place and the related practices by which the place is experienced. In a first stage the article presents a discourse analysis of narratives produced by Venissa, the wine resort set in Mazzorbo, a small island connected by a bridge to the better-known island of Burano in the Venice Lagoon. Starting from the core meanings of the company's identity, I consider some of the touristic imageries strategically employed or simply evoked by the firm. In a second stage, the perspective was extended to the residents' perceptions and experiences of tourism in the broader sense. Exploring their senses of place and the ongoing, selective, multi-situated process of identity making, tourism emerges as a central and critical dimension for their identity/alterity issues. The focus on the residents reveals multiple processes of sensing tourism and making sense of it, and highlights the power of touristic rhetoric, embedded and negotiated by the residents themselves. Finally, the articles concludes by suggesting how a dialectical analysis of the different processes which develop between contextual metanarratives produced around a place could offer insights into the cultural production of identities, of the related meanings, and of the ways by which a place is experienced.
    Keywords: Venice, tourism, discourse analysis, identity, anthropology.
    JEL: Z13 M14 M31 R3
    Date: 2015–06
  3. By: Carl Bonham (UH-Manoa Department of Economics, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization); Peter Fuleky (UH-Manoa Department of Economics and University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization); James Jones (UH-Manoa Department of Economics and University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization); Ashley Hirashima (UH-Manoa Department of Economics and University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization)
    Abstract: We evaluate the short term forecasting performance of methods that systematically incorporate high frequency information via covariates. Our results indicate that including timely intra-period data into the forecasting process results in significant gains in predictive accuracy compared to relying exclusively on low frequency aggregates. Anticipating growing popularity of these tools among empirical analysts, we o↵er practical implementation guidelines to facilitate their adoption.
    Keywords: Nowcast, Ragged edge, Mixed frequency models
    JEL: H51 I12 Q51 Q53
    Date: 2015–09

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