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Cumulative attraction and spatial dependence in a destination choice model for beach recreation

Matthews, Y.; Scarpa, R.; Marsh, D.

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Y. Matthews

D. Marsh



Abstract

The destination choices of individual recreationalists are dependent on the spatial distribution of sites and attractions. An important issue in destination choice modelling is how to account for the effects of cumulative attraction from multiple sites and hierarchical processing of potential destinations. This study is concerned with recreational visits to beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. Each beach has a different combination of attractions with potentially complex substitution patterns. We find that an Agglomerating and Competing Destination Choice model, with differentiated accessibility parameters for each attribute, offers the best fit. It is flexible enough to model different levels of substitutability for different attraction types, yet is tractable in estimation. We compare response predictions of different models for two site-specific changes - closure of a campground and construction of a sea wall. Allowing for more complex substitution patterns results in different predictions for visitation in the wider area.

Citation

Matthews, Y., Scarpa, R., & Marsh, D. (2017). Cumulative attraction and spatial dependence in a destination choice model for beach recreation. Tourism Management, 66, 318-328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2017.12.009

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 5, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 27, 2017
Publication Date Dec 27, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 2, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 27, 2019
Journal Tourism Management
Print ISSN 0261-5177
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Pages 318-328
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2017.12.009
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1342047

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