nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2020‒11‒16
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Holidays at home - Camping and glamping as a part of domestic tourism: An overview and analysis of camping (and in particular luxury camping) as an alternative form of domestic tourism in the time of the coronavirus By Sommer, Kristina
  2. Croatia's Tourism Industry – Part 2: Curse or Blessing? By Kristian Orsini; Mario Pletikosa

  1. By: Sommer, Kristina
    Abstract: Camping is a part of the outdoor hospitality industry. It is a popular activity and an emerging tourism sector in Europe. Camping has changed from being a cheap form of travel to a real outdoor experience. Travelling with a tent is popular, but recreation vehicles and caravans have become an increasingly important area of focus. The demand for more luxurious and larger caravans is growing. Camping grounds must now deal with the new demands of their customers, who wish to have more comfortable and luxurious options. It is no longer enough to just provide washing and cooking facilities. The demand for wellness and sports facilities, once found primarily in the hotel industry, is now increasing at camping sites. This trend is called "glamping" - a portmanteau of the words "glamorous" and "camping". As the name suggests, comfort and luxury are the essential characteristics of glamping. Glamping combines an outdoor experience with the comfort of a hotel and is a new segment in the camping tourism industry. The coronavirus crisis in particular has shown that camping and glamping are alter-native types of domestic tourism which could provide a chance to generate new customer segments.
    Keywords: Camping,Glamping,Domestic Tourism,Camping Ground,Camping Tourism,Nature-Based Tourism,Outdoor Hospitality Industry
    JEL: Z31
    Date: 2020
  2. By: Kristian Orsini; Mario Pletikosa
    Abstract: Despite a generally benevolent view on the positive economic impact of tourism, some economists have long argued that a bloated tourism sector may crowd out other industries. The phenomenon is reminiscent of the Dutch Disease and is therefore sometimes dubbed the Beach Disease. The debate around it has often neglected the fact that while the impact of tourism on other tradable sectors may well be negative, its overall economic impact tends to be more ambiguous. In this paper, we distinctly analyse the two dimensions. Our results indicate that tourism development in Croatia is not likely to crowd out other tradable sectors. However, tourism is also unlikely to be as important for long-run growth as trade openness. These findings can be ascribed to the peculiarities of the Croatian tourism sector and already discussed in a previous Economic Brief on tourism in Croatia*, including a high leakage rate via imports and a limited impact on employment, which insulate tourism from the rest of the economy and limits potential positive (or negative) spillovers.
    Keywords: Croatia, tourism, crowing-out, "Beach Disease", growth, exports, "Cobb-Douglas", augmented, "export-led growth", "tourism-led growth", Orsini, Pletikosa.
    JEL: C32 C51 E13 F43
    Date: 2019–07

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