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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

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Esther Vayá

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Javier Romaní

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Jordi Suriñach

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    (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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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 201106.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
Date of revision: Jun 2011
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:201106
Contact details of provider: Postal: Tinent Coronel Valenzuela, Num 1-11 08034 Barcelona
Web page: http://www.ub.edu/irea/

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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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