nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2023‒04‒24
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. An appraisal of the scope of domestic tourism in Dooars foothills tourist circuit in the post-pandemic scenario By Das, Partha
  2. Trophy Hunting Restrictions and Land Use in Private Land Conservation Areas:A Bioeconomic Analysis By Zijin Xie

  1. By: Das, Partha (Acharya Brojendra Nath Seal College, Cooch Behar-736101, India)
    Abstract: COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on world economy including tourism and hospitality industry. While international tourism has been on a slump for most of the last three years, people and organisations involved in the sector need to focus on domestic tourism for a slow but steady turn around. India with a huge share of annual domestic tourists is better positioned to cope up with this scenario. Tourism Department, Govt. of West Bengal has been promoting and developing different tourist circuits in the state for the last two decades. Dooars circuit, located in a comparatively backward region in the northern foothills of the state deserves more attention. With various kinds of tourist spots and events, it attracts visitors throughout the year. Impact of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown has been felt here too. The tourism sector has suffered a setback and most of the people associated with it, have lost their earning and livelihood. Thus promoting domestic tourism in Dooars is the only feasible way to protect the industry and its workers. The present paper attempts to make an appraisal of the tourism infrastructure and services available at different tourist attractions spread over the region. It aims to suggest some policies for improvement of the tourism scenario in general and domestic tourism in particular.
    Date: 2023–03–26
  2. By: Zijin Xie (Faculity of Economics, Keio University)
    Abstract: This study investigated how bans/restrictions on trophy hunting affect wildlife conservation in private land conservation areas (PLCAs). We developed a bioeconomic model to examine wildlife and land utilization in a fixed-size PLCA with a land manager. We calibrated the model for the lion-hunting industry in PLCAs in South Africa. The model simulates the impact of trophy-hunting restrictions on the lion population under different management scenarios. We demonstrated that restrictions on trophy hunting would be effective if wildlife-based tourism is an alternative land use to trophy hunting. However, the restrictions on trophy hunting will negatively affect the wildlife (lion) population if alternative land use is not wildlife-based. Although wildlife-based tourism is considered a positive alternative to trophy hunting, it is more vulnerable to external shocks than trophy hunting. Our results suggest that international bans/restrictions on trophy hunting should be cautiously imposed, particularly in the context of the global pandemic, which has had a devastating effect on wildlife-based tourism.
    Keywords: Bioeconomic modeling, Lion hunting; PLCA, Tourism, Trophy hunting, Wildlife conservation
    JEL: Q57 Q2 Q26
    Date: 2023–03–22

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