nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2016‒08‒28
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. University student perception regarding the tourism potential in the city of Lleida By Aluculesei, Alina-Cerasela
  2. Financial Implications of Seasonal Variability in Demand for Tourism Services (A Draft) By Tisdell, Clem
  3. Diving Tourism and Fisheries in Marine Protected Areas: Market Values and New Approaches to Improve Compliance in the Maldives Shark Sanctuary By Zimmerhackel, Johanna S; Pannell, David J; Meekan, Mark; Kragt, Marit E; Rogers, Abbie

  1. By: Aluculesei, Alina-Cerasela
    Abstract: This study analyses the opinion of students enrolled at the Lleida University in regards to the tourism potential of the city where they study. The survey was conducted on a total of 202 students, with the average age of 21.47 years. In order to participate in this study, the respondents had to meet a certain criteria – to be passionate about tourism and to travel at least once a year. The sample population is made up of both Spanish (78.3%) and foreign students who came to study through the Erasmus mobility program (21.7%). The research was carried out in the city of Lleida, Spain between January and April 2015 and the data were processed using the SPSS statistical software. The analysis of the tourist profile showed that the students are familiar with the city's main tourist attractions and most of them have visited at least one of these sites. Even though financially they are highly dependent on their families, they do value the comfort level of the housing and transportation services while travelling. The students ‘opinion is that the city of Lleida has a low tourism potential and they would not recommend it to their friends as a tourist destination. The local transportation infrastructure level and very few leisure opportunities bring a large contribution to this negative image.
    Keywords: cultural tourism, tourism in Lleida, Spain, students, tourism, tourism potential
    JEL: L83 Z1
    Date: 2015–11
  2. By: Tisdell, Clem
    Abstract: Using Jensen’s inequality (and its mathematical generalization), this contribution shows how increased seasonal (periodic) variability of demand for tourism services can increase the annual profit of a tourism enterprise and the producers’ surplus of a corresponding competitive segment of the tourism industry experiencing this increased variability. It identifies conditions which result in these effects being magnified and takes account of the fact that a tourism business’ supply of services is often subject to capacity utilization constraints. A novel feature is that allowance is made for the possibility that variations in the market demand for tourism services may alter the prices of factors of production.
    Keywords: demand variability, Jensen’s inequality, price instability in tourism, profitability in tourism and demand variability, producers’ surplus and demand variability., Demand and Price Analysis, Production Economics, Productivity Analysis, C02, D20, D41, L83,
    Date: 2016–08–15
  3. By: Zimmerhackel, Johanna S; Pannell, David J; Meekan, Mark; Kragt, Marit E; Rogers, Abbie
    Abstract: This working paper describes Ms. Zimmerhackel’s proposal for PhD research at the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia. At the time of writing, the research has not yet been conducted.
    Keywords: diving tourism, shark sanctuary, compliance, market valuation, decision models, Environmental Economics and Policy, Q22, Q26, Q57,
    Date: 2016–08–04

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