nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2018‒06‒25
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. A Study on the Willingness to Develop Sports Tourism in Taiwan By Wen-Hua Yang
  2. Sustainable rural development through tourism activities in Dobrugdea's rural area By Sima, Elena

  1. By: Wen-Hua Yang (Chaoyang University of Technology Author-2-Name: Chih-Wei Lin Author-2-Workplace-Name: Associate Prof. of Department of Leisure Services Management,168, Jifeng E. Rd., Wufeng District, Taichung, 41349 Taiwan, R.O.C Author-3-Name: Wei-Ming Chen Author-3-Workplace-Name: Master's Degree of Department of Leisure Services Management, 168, Jifeng E. Rd., Wufeng District, Taichung, 41349 Taiwan, R.O.C Author-4-Name: Wei Peng Tan Author-4-Workplace-Name: Ph.D. Student of Department of Business Administration, 168, Jifeng E. Rd., Wufeng District, Taichung, 41349 Taiwan, R.O.C Author-5-Name: Su-Shiang Lee Author-5-Workplace-Name: Prof. of Department of Leisure Services Management, 168, Jifeng E. Rd., Wufeng District, Taichung, 41349 Taiwan, R.O.C. Author-6-Name: Author-6-Workplace-Name: Author-7-Name: Author-7-Workplace-Name: Author-8-Name: Author-8-Workplace-Name:)
    Abstract: Objective – This study aims to construct a model for the willingness to develop sports tourism, using the factors of place attachment, the impact of sports tourism, attitude and willingness to develop sports tourism. Methodology/Technique – The study gathers data via questionnaires. Following this, purposive sampling is used to distribute the questionnaires and the collected data is analysed using descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analysis and a structural equation model. Findings – Once the aforementioned analysis is conducted, the following conclusions were drawn. First, the model construction fits well. Second, the factor of place attachment has a significant positive influence on the perceived impact of sports tourism. Both the positive perception of sports tourism and the attitude for developing sports tourism have a positive impact on willingness to develop sports tourism. Contrary to this, negative perceptions of sports tourism have a negative impact on the attitude to develop sports tourism, although it has no significant impact on the willingness to develop sports tourism. Novelty – This study demonstrates that the higher the degree of place attachment associated with the inhabitants of Taiwan, the greater recognition there is of the impact of sports tourism. The most important finding of this study is that this positive impact enhances the attitude and willingness of inhabitants to develop sports tourism. The study also develops some practical strategies based on the study results.
    Keywords: Place Attachment; Willingness; Sports Tourism; Tourism Impact.
    Date: 2018–04–16
  2. By: Sima, Elena
    Abstract: The sustainable rural development of the Dobrudgean rural area requires reaching a balance between the need to preserve the rural economic, ecological and cultural space and the tendency to modernize the rural economic activity and life. The pleading for the promotion of tourism activities in the Dobrudgean rural area starts from the need for rural economical diversification. In general, no rural development program can be conceived in the absence of an essential role played by agriculture. The rural economy is more developed and more dynamic if it has a more diverse structure, and if the share of non-agricultural economy is higher. In this context, the paper presents the tourism potential of the rural localities from Dobrudgea and the development of a viable network of private small and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism sector. The volume of information in this paper resulted from the investigation of relationships that exist between the environmental and social factors at local level, making it possible to define the necessary mechanisms for the sustainable development of tourism activities.
    Keywords: rural development; rural tourism; tourism activities; tourism infrastructure; Dobrudgea.
    JEL: L83 Q01 R58
    Date: 2017–11–16

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