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The importance of adjusting for trip purpose in regional economic analyses of tourist destinations

Tourism Economics

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https://doi.org/10.5367/000000006776387105

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Abstract

This paper investigates the empirical importance of distinguishing visitors and their expenditures by trip purpose when estimating the tourism effects of a national park on a local economy. Accounting for trip purpose is quite important when there are two or more nearby major attractions in the same geographical area. This applies to the author's case study of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the State of Wyoming, and also to other areas, such as the State of Utah's Bryce and Zion National Parks or amusement parks in the Orlando area in Florida. The authors illustrate the various types of survey questions and methods for correcting for trip purpose. In the case study, it would be quite misleading to attribute all spending by visitors to Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) in the town of Jackson, Wyoming, solely to GTNP because this would overstate employment actually attributable to the park by 3,455 jobs, or 22%. In turn, this overestimates the dependence of jobs in the Jackson economy on GTNP by 15%, incorrectly estimating it at 75% rather than the sounder figure of 60% of total jobs.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The importance of adjusting for trip purpose in regional economic analyses of tourist destinations
Series title:
Tourism Economics
DOI:
10.5367/000000006776387105
Volume:
12
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Publisher:
SAGE Journals
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
11 p.
First page:
33
Last page:
43