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Cultural participation and tourism flows: An empirical investigation of Italian provinces

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  • Borowiecki, Karol Jan

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    (Department of Business and Economics)

  • Castiglione, Concetta

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    (Department of Economics)

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The importance of cultural events for attracting tourism has been often posited in research, however rarely tested in relation to non-cultural activities. This paper investigates the association between participation in entertainment activities and tourism flows in Italian provinces, and find that admission to theatre-type activities increases as the number of domestic tourists goes up, whereas admission to museums or concerts rises with an increase in foreign tourists. Admissions to exhibitions and shows expose a positive association with both domestic and international tourists, while non-cultural activities remain statistically insignificant. The results provide empirical support for the existence of a strong relationship between tourism flows and cultural participation. The findings also imply that the demand for entertainment varies depending on the origin of the tourist.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark in its series Discussion Papers of Business and Economics with number 21/2012.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 29 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sdueko:2012_021

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Keywords: Cultural tourists; cultural participation; tourism flows; Italian provinces;

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