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Cultural Participation and Tourism Flows in Italy

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  • Karol Jan BOROWIECKi

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Concetta CASTIGLIONE

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

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The importance of cultural events for attracting tourism has been often posited in research, however rarely tested in relation to non-cultural activities. We investigate the association between participation in entertainment activities and tourism flows in Italian provinces, and find that admission to theater-type activities increases as the number of domestic tourists goes up, whereas admission to museums or concerts rises with an increase in foreign tourists. Admissions to exhibitions and shows attract both domestic and international tourists, while the role of non-cultural activities in determining tourism flow is statistically insignificant.The results provide important empirical support for the existence of a strong relationship between tourism flows and cultural participation. The findings also imply that the demand for entertainment varies depending on the origin of the tourist. Finally, for the cultural activities we calculate also the lower-bound of the estimated revenues obtained from tourism.

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  • Karol Jan BOROWIECKi & Concetta CASTIGLIONE, 2012. "Cultural Participation and Tourism Flows in Italy," Trinity Economics Papers tep0212, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
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