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Cultural Participation and Tourism Flows: An Empirical Investigation of Italian Provinces

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  • Karol Jan Borowiecki

    (Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark)

  • Concetta Castiglione

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland and Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance, University of Calabria, 87036, Campus di Arcavacata di Rende (Cosenza) Italy)

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The importance of cultural events for attracting tourism has often been posited in research, but 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 finds that admission to theatre-type activities increases as the number of domestic tourists rises, whereas admission to museums or concerts rises with an increase in foreign tourists. Admissions to exhibitions and shows demonstrate 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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  • Karol Jan Borowiecki & Concetta Castiglione, 2014. "Cultural Participation and Tourism Flows: An Empirical Investigation of Italian Provinces," Tourism Economics, , vol. 20(2), pages 241-262, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:toueco:v:20:y:2014:i:2:p:241-262
    DOI: 10.5367/te.2013.0278
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    Keywords

    cultural tourists; cultural participation; tourism flows; Italian provinces;
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    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature

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