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Multi-destination and multi-purpose trip effects in the analysis of the demand for trips to a remote recreational site

Roberto Martinez-Espineira () and Joe Amoako-Tuffour

EERI Research Paper Series from Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels

Abstract: One of the basic assumptions of the travel cost method for recreational demand analysis is that the travel cost is always incurred for a single purpose recreational trip. Several studies have skirted around the issue with simplifying assumptions and dropping observations considered as non-conventional holiday-makers or as non-traditional visitors from the sample. The effectof such simplifications on the benefit estimates remains conjectural. Given the remoteness of notable recreational parks, multi-destination or multi-purpose trips are not uncommon. This paper examines the consequences of allocating travel costs to a recreational site when some trips were taken for purposes other than recreation and/or included visits to other recreational sites. Using a multi-purpose weighting approach on data from Gros Morne National Park, Canada, we conclude that a proper correction for multi-destination or multi-purpose trip is more of what is needed to avoid potential biases in the estimated effects of the price (travel-cost) variable and of the income variable in the trip generation equation.

Keywords: Travel cost method; multi-purpose trips; multi-destination trips; count data; consumer surplus, endogenous stratification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C24 Q26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2008-11-19
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