Cultural Participation and Tourism Flows in Italy
AbstractThe importance of cultural events for attracting tourism has been often posited in research, however rarely tested in relation to non-cultural activities. We investigate the association between participation in entertainment activities and tourism flows in Italian provinces, and find that admission to theater-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 attract both domestic and international tourists, while the role of non-cultural activities in determining tourism flow is statistically insignificant.The results provide important 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. Finally, for the cultural activities we calculate also the lower-bound of the estimated revenues obtained from tourism.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0212.
Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Cultural tourists; cultural participation; tourism flows; Italian Provinces;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-07-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2012-07-29 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-EUR-2012-07-29 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-TUR-2012-07-29 (Tourism Economics)
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