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“How Important to a City Are Tourists and Daytrippers? The Economic Impact of Tourism on The City of Barcelona”


  • Joaquim Murillo

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Esther Vayá

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Javier Romaní

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Jordi Suriñach

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)


In this paper, we devise a methodology that is able to objectively quantify the impact of tourism on the urban economy. This methodology takes various dimensions into account. First, to analyse the impact at sectoral level, it should bear in mind that tourism is a "cross-sectional" activity which affects many sectors, both directly and indirectly. Therefore, it is important to consider the impact of urban tourism on sectors traditionally defined as "tourism-related" (that is, hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.) but also its impact on other sectors (for instance, textiles, food, construction, to name only a few) due to the intersectoral relationships that emerge. Second, we need to calculate the percentage of the turnover of each sector that is due to the tourism industry. Third, it is important to establish the geographic distribution of this impact: how is the effect shared between the city and its neighbouring areas? Finally, the effect of urban tourism should be quantified not only in terms of turnover, but also in terms of its contribution to GDP and employment.

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  • Joaquim Murillo & Esther Vayá & Javier Romaní & Jordi Suriñach, 2011. "“How Important to a City Are Tourists and Daytrippers? The Economic Impact of Tourism on The City of Barcelona”," IREA Working Papers 201106, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Jun 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:201106

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    1. Sef Baaijens & Peter Nijkamp & Kees Van Montfort, 1998. "Explanatory Meta-analysis for the Comparison and Transfer of Regional Tourist Income Multipliers," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(9), pages 839-849.
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    Sports; Gambling; Recreation; Tourism; Input–Output Tables and Analysis; Allocative Efficiency; Cost–Benefit Analysis algorithms. JEL classification:;

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