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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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  • Castiglione, Concetta

    () (Department of Economics)

Abstract

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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  • Borowiecki, Karol Jan & Castiglione, Concetta, 2012. "Cultural participation and tourism flows: An empirical investigation of Italian provinces," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 21/2012, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics.
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    1. Marta Zieba, 2016. "Tourism flows and the demand for regional and city theatres in Austria," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, pages 191-221.
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    3. Castiglione, Concetta & Infante, Davide, 2014. "The evolution of theatre attendance in Italy: patrons and companies," MPRA Paper 63301, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 07 Mar 2015.
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    5. Cellini, Roberto & Cuccia, Tiziana, 2014. "The Tourism Industry in Italy during the Great Recession (2008-12): What Data Show and Suggest," MPRA Paper 62473, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Feb 2015.
    6. Concetta Castiglione & Davide Infante, 2016. "Rational addiction and cultural goods: the case of the Italian theatregoer," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, pages 163-190.
    7. Concetta Castiglione & Davide Infante, 2016. "Rational addiction and cultural goods: the case of the Italian theatregoer," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, pages 163-190.
    8. Gianluca Cafiso & Roberto Cellini & Tiziana Cuccia, 2015. "Do Economic Crises Lead Tourists to Closer Destinations? An Analysis of Italy's Regional Data," CESifo Working Paper Series 5250, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Keywords

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

    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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