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Tourists intra-destination visits and transportation mode : a bivariate model


  • Lorenzo Masiero

    () (Institute for Economic Research (IRE), Faculty of Economics, University of Lugano, Switzerland)

  • Judit Zoltan

    () (Institute for Economic Research (IRE), Faculty of Economics, University of Lugano, Switzerland)


This paper investigates tourists' profile in relation to both intra-destination movement patterns and transportation mode choices at the destination through the use of bivariate probit models. The analysis is based on a field survey conducted among tourists visiting the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland. The results show a positive correlation between visiting more than one region and the use of private transportation at the destination. In particular, the two variables are explained by a mixed combination of independent variables; the transport mode choice of tourists can be well explained by demographics while destination movement patterns are rather influenced by trip characteristics. The introduction of activity participation and motivation increases consistently the fit of the model allowing a better understanding of tourist behaviour in relation to the spatial extent of the destination visited and to the transport mode selected. Finally, conclusions are drawn for policy implications in destination management and transport planning.

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  • Lorenzo Masiero & Judit Zoltan, 2012. "Tourists intra-destination visits and transportation mode : a bivariate model," Quaderni della facoltà di Scienze economiche dell'Università di Lugano 1205, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.
  • Handle: RePEc:lug:wpaper:1205

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    Cited by:

    1. Armindo Frias & João Cabral & à lvaro Costa, 2015. "Logistic optimization in tourism networks," ERSA conference papers ersa15p1451, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Aaron Gutiérrez & Daniel Miravet, 2016. "The Determinants of Tourist Use of Public Transport at the Destination," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(9), pages 1-16, September.

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    Intra-destination visits; Transportation mode; Tourist behaviour; Bivariate probit;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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