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Cultural Offer and Distance in a Spatial Interaction Model for Tourism

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  • Roberto Patuelli

    () (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), Italy)

  • Maurizio Mussoni

    () (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), Italy)

  • Guido Candela

    () (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy)

Abstract

Culture is more and more considered as an important driver of tourism. However, it is critical, for policymakers, to evaluate the potential returns from investments in culture and generally cultural offer, in particular in multiregion settings with a potentially inefficient distribution of cultural offer. Our paper focuses on the role of distance (between the tourist's origin and destination regions) in mediating the tourism impact of cultural offer. This research question is investigated by means of a spatial interaction model, applied to the case of Italian domestic tourism. We find that distance indeed matters: a destination’s endowment in culture appears to be more attractive for long-distance tourists, while an origin region's endowment seems to disincentivate long-distance trips to a greater extent.

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  • Roberto Patuelli & Maurizio Mussoni & Guido Candela, 2014. "Cultural Offer and Distance in a Spatial Interaction Model for Tourism," Working Paper series 14_14, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, revised Sep 2014.
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    Keywords

    cultural offer; domestic tourism; spatial interaction model; distance; spatial competition;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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