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Measuring Social carrying Capacity: An Exploratory Study

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  • López-Bonilla, Jesús Manuel
  • López-Bonilla, Luis Miguel

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The tourist carrying capacity commands a growing interest given that it is closely linked with sustainable tourist development. The justification of the utility of this concept is given by means of a simple and efficient methodological proposal, by analysing the social carrying capacity. To this end, an empirical application is carried out in the Western Andalusia. In some of the cases analysed, the satisfaction of the tourist is found to decline when the levels of the tourist use are higher with respect to those attributes of the tourist destination supply. This mechanism can constitute a useful alarm signal for tourism planners.

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  • López-Bonilla, Jesús Manuel & López-Bonilla, Luis Miguel, 2007. "Measuring Social carrying Capacity: An Exploratory Study," MPRA Paper 25146, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 24 Aug 2007.
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    Keywords

    carrying capacity; tourist satisfaction; sustainable tourism; tourist destination.;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • M1 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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