Holiday destinations: Understanding the travel choices of Irish tourists

Lyons, Sean, Mayor, Karen and Tol, Richard S J (2009) Holiday destinations: Understanding the travel choices of Irish tourists. Tourism Management, 30 (5). pp. 683-692. ISSN 0261-5177

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This paper uses a McFadden choice model to measure the importance of destination, household and seasonal characteristics to the tourism destination choices of Irish households. The analysis is based on quarterly survey data of Irish households' travel destinations between 2000 and 2006. In total, some 55,000 holiday trips were observed. Destination characteristics such as temperature, GDP and coastline are found to positively influence choice probabilities, while population density and distance have a negative effect on choice. Household-specific characteristics such as the number of children and people over 60 in a household are found to be important. We also identify differences in preferences across seasons and a change over time of the effect of destination country GDP on Irish holiday destination choices.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
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Depositing User: Richard Tol
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 09:42
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:11
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