nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2016‒08‒21
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Tourism farms: a demand-supply framework By Maria Giovanna Brandano; Linda Osti; Manuela Pulina
  2. Ecotourism in the Bolivian Amazon: an attribute analysis By Carlos Solis; Felipe Vásquez Lavín; Roberto Ponce Oliva; Dragana Bojovic

  1. By: Maria Giovanna Brandano (Department of Economics and Business, University of Sassari and CRENOS); Linda Osti (Free University of Bolzano‐Bozen, Faculty of Economics and Management); Manuela Pulina (Department of Political Sciences (POLCOMING) & CRENoS, University of Sassari)
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to set a demand and supply framework within the farming sector engaged in agritourism activity. The study is based on data collected at twenty different agritourism located in South Tyrol (Italy) during December 2013 and December 2014. As a first step of the empirical research, through a cluster analysis, the sample of tourism farms is classified into two homogenous groups, that is: “tourism enthusiast” and “tourism opportunist” farms. As a second step of the investigation, a principal component analysis is run to gather orthogonal latent variables related to general and specific motivations (i.e. push and pull factors), and positive and negative perceived externalities. In this manner, through a probabilistic modeling, it is possible to investigate the determinants that are likely to influence the likelihood to choose one of the two types of agritourism. The results show that general push motivations, as well as the specific motivations related to nature and authenticity, are the most relevant determinants in positively influencing customers’ choice of a farm that engages in the tourism industry because of a genuine interest to get in contact with people and to integrate the income of the farm. However, perceived negative externalities, such as a neglected environment, the presence of polluting factories and congestion, will negatively influence the choice of this type of farms.
    Keywords: Agritourism, Supply, Demand, probabilistic modelling
    JEL: C38 L83 Z32
    Date: 2016–08
  2. By: Carlos Solis; Felipe Vásquez Lavín; Roberto Ponce Oliva; Dragana Bojovic (School of Business and Economics, Universidad del Desarrollo)
    Abstract: At global scale, the relevance of tourism as an economic activity has been increasing in recent years; while in Bolivia, the activity showed sustained growth during the period 2000-2007. Among the different tourism activity types, ecotourism, and other types of allegedly sustainable tourism initiatives are gaining greater popularity. This paper analyzes the ecotourism market in a region characterized by the presence of indigenous communities within the Bolivian Amazon. The analysis includes the tourism demand characteristics, using choice experiments, as well as the expectations about the tourist services that indigenous communities would like to provide. The main conclusion of our study is that there is a gap between what the indigenous communities want to offer and what visitors actually demand
    Keywords: Ecotourism, Economic activity, Bolovian Amazon
    Date: 2016–08

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