nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2017‒03‒19
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Competitiveness factors of a tourism destination and impact on residents’ quality of life: The case of Cittaslow-Seferihisar By Küçükaltan, Ebru Günlü; Pirnar, Ige
  2. Has cultural heritage monetary value an impact on visits? An assessment using Italian official data By Calogero Guccio; Domenico Lisi; Anna Mignosa; Ilde Rizzo
  3. Arrivals of Tourists in Cyprus: Mind the Web Search Intensity By Theologos Dergiades; Eleni Mavragani; Bing Pan

  1. By: Küçükaltan, Ebru Günlü; Pirnar, Ige
    Abstract: This research investigates whether tourism development related destination competitiveness have any direct effect on the quality of life of the residents. To reflect the developments in a destination, one of the best known recent trends that stimulates destination competitiveness and directly relates to an increase in the quality of life of the residents, “Cittaslow”, is preferred as a case study. Therefore, the developments in Seferihisar, the first Cittaslow of Turkey, are emphasized based on Enea and Tanasoiu (2009)’s research which proposes the effects of tourism development and quality of life. Qualitative research is adapted where the techniques are prefered as case study and documentation. The originality of the paper results from the construction of the theory on a live sample that captures the practical evidences.
    Keywords: Destination competitiveness, quality of life, competitiveness index, Cittaslow, Seferihisar
    JEL: L83 M1 O1
    Date: 2016–02–17
  2. By: Calogero Guccio (Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania); Domenico Lisi (Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania); Anna Mignosa (Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania); Ilde Rizzo (Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania)
    Abstract: In this paper we try to investigate which factors affect the visits to Cultural Heritage (CH), using Italy as a case study. We adopt a broad definition of CH including archaeological and historical sites, historical buildings and, also, museums, focusing our attention on State CH. In our empirical analysis we use a rather innovative indicator of CH value, i.e. the monetary value of State CH, officially provided by the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Using these data, this paper aims at evaluating if such monetary value has a significant role in stimulating visits to cultural sites for the years 1996-2010. We also control for other factors potentially affecting the number of visits to cultural sites, such as alternative tourist attractors and the regional performance in the tourism sector. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that attempts to investigate the effect of CH monetary value on cultural participation.
    Keywords: cultural heritage, monetary value, cultural visitors, tourist arrivals
    JEL: Z11 Z18 Z32
    Date: 2017–02
  3. By: Theologos Dergiades; Eleni Mavragani; Bing Pan
    Abstract: This paper validates the raison d’être of the effortlessly recovered web Search Intensity Indices (SII) for predicting the arrivals of tourists in Cyprus. By using monthly data (2004-2015) and two causality testing procedures we find, for properly selected key-phrases, that web search intensity (adjusted for different languages and different search engines) turns out to convey a useful predictive content for the arrivals of tourists in Cyprus. Additionally, we show that whenever the prevailing shares of visitors come from countries in different languages, then the identification of the aggregate SII becomes complex. Hence, we argue that blindly using key-phrases to identify an aggregate SII is like an immersion into the unknown, since two sources of bias (the language bias and the search engine bias) are fully neglected. Given the importance of the tourism sector in the total economy activity of Cyprus, our findings might prove to be quite useful to governmental agencies, policy makers and other stakeholders of the sector when their purpose is to allocate effectively the existing limited resources, and to plan short- and long-run promotion and investment strategies.
    Date: 2017–02

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