Expenditure and stay behaviour of nature based visitors: the case of Costa Rica
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Director/aArtal Tur, Andrés; Briones Peñalver, Antonio Juan
CenterFacultad de Ciencias de la Empresa
UniversityUniversidad Politécnica de Cartagena
Knowledge AreaOrganización de Empresas
Tourism industry shows an important development in Central America in recent years, with annual growth of tourist´s arrivals being around 7% between 1995-2013, and the volume of visitors increasing from 2.6 to 7.9 million. Moreover, according to UNWTO prospects, 14 million people are expected to arrive in 2020 to the region, and 22 million in 2030 (UNWTO, 2014). Nature-based tourism is highly extended in this area. Green forest and wildlife richness act as a principal resource attracting worldwide visitors to the region, which has become one of the main natural reserves of the biosphere in the planet. In this study we get deeper understanding of the particularities of visitors coming to a nature-based tourist destination. Building on a survey of more than 14,000 questionnaires for years 2009-2011, we investigate the behaviour of tourists coming to a salient country of the region, Costa Rica. With this aim, we estimate two equations in order to understand the main factors explaining ...
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