nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2022‒04‒25
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Impact of smoke-free environments on tourism in selected Caribbean countries By Martin González-Rozada
  2. Images of destination among descendants of immigrants: the case of Algeria By Christine Salomone; Hamed Haddouche
  3. The value of environmentally unsustainable hotel service components to guests - A discrete choice experiment By von Briel, Dorine; Kemperman, Astrid; Dolnicar, Sara

  1. By: Martin González-Rozada
    Abstract: In this paper, we analyze the effect of comprehensive smoke-free legislation in four CARICOM countries -Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago- over the tourism industry. Tourism is the dominant industry in several Caribbean countries and therefore it is important to measure the potential impact of public policies addressing banning of smoking in public places to reassure that hospitality and tourism businesses will not be affected. Using a synthetic control methodology we measure the impact of implementing smoke-free environments (SFE) over the evolution of three tourism variables -inbound tourism arrivals, tourism expenditures and average length of stay. The main findings suggest that implementing SFE did not deter the arrival of tourists, nor affected tourism expenditures or the average length of stay in each of the individual case studies: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. The evidence provided also suggests that there were no effects on the four countries that implemented SFE measured as a group. These results are robust to different specifications of the donor pool of countries used to construct the counterfactual scenario in each case study.
    Keywords: Smoke-free environments, tourism industry, synthetic control methods.
    JEL: C1 C01 I18 Z32 Z38
    Date: 2021–07
  2. By: Christine Salomone (TVES - Territoires, Villes, Environnement & Société - ULR 4477 - Université de Lille - ULCO - Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale); Hamed Haddouche (IRG - Institut de Recherche en Gestion - UPEC UP12 - Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne - Paris 12 - Université Gustave Eiffel)
    Abstract: Affinity tourism seems to have aroused the interest of social science researchers in recent years in connection with the rise of international migration in the context of globalization. This type of tourism questions the personal and social relationship to places established in the context of a return journey to the land of "origins." In an attempt to understand the driving forces behind this affinity tourism, the aim of this article is to identify the images and representations of the destination "Algeria" among the children of immigrants. This type of mobility, beyond the search for a simple change of scenery, questions the nature of tourist travel and its motivations. To conduct this study, we favoured an exploratory qualitative method based on focus groups. It is a first milestone in a wider survey envisaged in order to examine in depth the motivations and mental constructions linked to this travel experience in Algeria.
    Abstract: Le tourisme affinitaire semble susciter depuis quelques années l'intérêt des chercheurs en sciences sociales en lien avec l'essor des migrations internationales dans le contexte de la mondialisation. Ce type de tourisme remet en effet en question la relation personnelle et sociale à des lieux établie dans le cadre d'un voyage de retour vers la terre des « origines ». Pour tenter de comprendre les ressorts de ce tourisme affinitaire, l'objectif de cet article est de cerner les images et les représentations de la destination « Algérie » chez les enfants d'immigrés. Ce type de mobilité, au-delà de la recherche d'un simple dépaysement, amène à s'interroger sur la nature du déplacement touristique et ses motivations. Pour mener à bien cette étude, nous avons privilégié une méthodologie qualitative et exploratoire reposant sur des entretiens collectifs. Elle constitue le premier jalon d'une enquête plus large envisagée afin d'examiner en profondeur les motivations et les constructions mentales liées à cette expérience de voyage en Algérie.
    Keywords: image,representations,tourism,experience,affinity tourism,roots tourism,focus group,représentations,tourisme,expérience,tourisme affinitaire,tourisme des racines,groupe de discussion (focus group)
    Date: 2022–02
  3. By: von Briel, Dorine; Kemperman, Astrid; Dolnicar, Sara (The University of Queensland)
    Abstract: To contribute to the global effort of making production and consumption more sustainable, the tourism industry must reduce the provision of non-essential service components with negative environmental consequences. This study (1) identifies unsustainable non-essential accommodation services, (2) determines their comparative importance, (3) pinpoints which can be removed with minimal impact on the value of the hotel package for guests, and (4) assesses the potential of two alternative theory-based approaches informed by framing theory (risk reduction by providing autonomy and gain- and loss-framing of price) as implementation strategies for the phasing out of non-essential unsustainable service components. Results from a discrete choice experiment at aggregate and market segment level suggest that tourists see little value in most non-essential unsustainable service components and that gain-framing the price represents the most promising phase-out strategy.
    Date: 2022–03–07

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