nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2016‒05‒21
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Travel Behaviors of Thai and Foreign Tourists Traveling to Surat Thani Province By Chuleewan Praneetham; KONGSAK THATHONG; NONGNAPAS THIENGKAMOL
  2. Does Having the Right Visitor Mix Do the Job? Applying an Econometric Shift-share Model to Regional Tourism Developments By Matthias Firgo; Oliver Fritz

  1. By: Chuleewan Praneetham (Suratthani Rajabhat University); KONGSAK THATHONG (Khon Kaen University); NONGNAPAS THIENGKAMOL (Mahasarakham University)
    Abstract: Increasing of tourists’ number has impact on the tourism economy and the change in the structure of the local economy and society. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to study travel behaviors of Thai and foreign tourists traveling to Surat Thani Province, Thailand, in order to be guideline for the tourism planning and development in the province, which can lead to effectiveness of tourism strategy and marketing to suit the needs of tourists and targets group. There were 798 samples in total. The data collection tool was the questionnaires. The frequency, percentage, mean, and standard deviation were used to analyze the data. The study found that tourists between the ages of 21 and 30, who had graduated with a bachelor’s degree, and worked in private business or company, mostly chose to travel to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao, respectively. Most of them chose to travel with family and friends with the aim of natural attraction. The findings revealed that most of tourists received information from the internet, friends telling and television, respectively. Time of spending was less than one week and travel cost was between 1,001- 2,000 Baht (between USD 30 - 62) per day. Moreover, the findings found that most of tourists were satisfied in transport quality at good level. However, travel cost, accommodation quality, accommodation cost, and security conditions were found at moderate levels. The overall satisfaction of the visit to Surat Thani province was at good level.
    Keywords: Travel, Behavior, Tourists, Surat Thani
    JEL: Z00
  2. By: Matthias Firgo (WIFO); Oliver Fritz (WIFO)
    Abstract: This paper is the first to apply an econometric shift-share model to tourism. The approach allows us to isolate the growth contributions of changes in regional touristic attractiveness from those induced by the structure of visitors, but does not share the caveats of the conventional shift-share approach. Our application to regional tourism in Austria reveals important results: First, differences in long-run performance between regions are mostly related to idiosyncratic changes in the tourist appeal of individual regions rather than a result of more or less favourable structures of visitors. Second, none of several mega-events during the period observed seem to have left prolonged positive effects on the tourism performance of the host regions. And third, performance appears uncorrelated with tourism intensity of a region. Thus, from a policy and destination management perspective, tourism authorities and local suppliers should mainly focus on upgrading the permanent destination attractiveness rather than investing too much effort into landing mega-events or targeting the visitor mix towards promising source markets.
    Keywords: tourism developments, service exports, regional performance, shift-share regression analysis, visitor portfolio, Austria
    Date: 2016–05–04

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