nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2020‒03‒02
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Residents’ perceptions of the tourism impacts on a mature destination: the case of Madeira Island By Diogo Teixeira; J. Cadima Ribeiro
  2. Experiential learning through industrial placement in hospitality education: The meat in the sandwich By Christou, Evangelos; Chatzigeorgiou, Chryssoula
  3. Industrial upgrading and diversification to address competitiveness challenges in the Caribbean: The case of tourism By Hendrickson, Michael; Skerrette, Nyasha

  1. By: Diogo Teixeira (School of Economics and Management, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal); J. Cadima Ribeiro (NIPE and Department of Economics, University of Minho)
    Abstract: Residents play a fundamental role in the quality of tourists’ experiences and satisfaction derived from a visit and, thus, in the success of a tourism destination. This paper addresses the perceptions that residents have of the impacts of tourism on Madeira Island, a mature tourism destination. Based on data extracted from a survey administered to residents during August and September 2018, we inquired about the extent to which they maintain a positive perception of the impacts of the tourist industry. Both descriptive and multivariable statistical methods were used. The empirical results attained indicate that the residents feel that there is no excess of tourism on the island. They do not fail to realize that there are a few negative consequences, but the positive ones got better scores on average. Being an inhabitant of an urban or a rural site did not seem to influence differently the perceptions gathered. This type of analysis can serve as a useful tool for tourism planners and managers in order to prevent or minimize eventual negative impacts of the tourism industry as felt by the local inhabitants and, thus, for creating the required policies.
    Keywords: Residents’ perceptions, Tourism impacts, Mature destination, Madeira Island.
    Date: 2020
  2. By: Christou, Evangelos; Chatzigeorgiou, Chryssoula
    Abstract: The element of training is taken into account seriously by universities providing tourism education degrees, hence the development of “sandwich” undergraduate courses that incorporate a period of industrial placement aiming at the blending of theory with practical experience through experiential learning. The survey presented here was conducted in Greece and is objective was to evaluate the outcome of the supervised work experience by examining the views of undergraduate tourism and hospitality management students who completed their industrial placement period. Data were obtained through personal interviews and were of both qualitative and quantitative nature. The tentative results of the research, as described in this exploratory study, indicate some areas for concern and allows for conclusions to be drawn in relation to further improving and enhancing experiential learning.
    Keywords: experiential learning, hospitality education, industrial placement period, tourism education, hospitality internships, work placement
    JEL: I23 L83 M12 O15
    Date: 2019–10–24
  3. By: Hendrickson, Michael; Skerrette, Nyasha
    Abstract: This study analyses the efforts that The Bahamas, Belize and Saint Kitts and Nevis are making to upgrade and diversify their tourism sectors to increase its contribution to inclusive growth. Generally, the study finds that the countries have been making efforts to upgrade and diversify the sector, but this has been affected by resource and institutional constraints. The study proposes key recommendations for strengthening upgrading and diversification.
    Date: 2020–01–26

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