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Network analysis approach to map tourism mobility

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  • Rosario D’Agata
  • Simona Gozzo
  • Venera Tomaselli


The spatial distribution of tourists is uneven and it can include some areas at regional and/or sub-regional level. The social–economic and environmental impacts of tourism, are concentrated in different areas. Some recent contributions show the usefulness and the effectiveness of network analysis (NA) approach in revising the organization of tourist facilities and services. This paper proposes to apply methods borrowed from NA to map the spatial distribution of tourism mobility in Sicily. So, we analyze the network features of tourism in a multi-destinations net. By means of traditional measures of NA, we propose to measure the links among destinations. The study aims to connect destinations, represented as nodes, to define a territorial network of tourism demand. In the specific instance, the degree centrality, closeness centrality, betweenness centrality are used to localize central areas and the main routes. We test survey data collected on a sample of tourists leaving from airports and ports of the main Sicilian cities, who visited two destinations at least. Then, we study tourism mobility on those areas selected by tourists. Finally, employing measures derived from NA, the work attempts to set out territorial networks. This approach could be useful to plane tourism development policies. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Quality & Quantity.

Volume (Year): 47 (2013)
Issue (Month): 6 (October)
Pages: 3167-3184

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Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:47:y:2013:i:6:p:3167-3184
DOI: 10.1007/s11135-012-9710-7
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  1. Rodolfo Baggio & Chris Cooper, 2009. "Knowledge transfer in a tourism destination: the effects of a network structure," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(10), pages 1757-1771, November.
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