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Title: Rural tourism activities in mass tourism destinations: residents vs non-residents perspectives
Authors: Fichter, Tim Cedric 
Román García, Concepción 
UNESCO Clasification: 531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
Keywords: Discrete choice experiment
Willingness to pay
Rural tourism
Nature-based active tourism
Tourism demand, et al
Issue Date: 2022
Journal: Tourism Review 
Abstract: Purpose: This paper aims to examine rural tourism preferences as an alternative niche market to mass tourism destinations. The analysis discusses the differences in perceptions and willingness to pay (WTP) for various packages of rural tourism activities in Gran Canaria Island among residents and non-residents. Design/methodology/approach: The analysis is based on a convenience sample of potential young customers who are familiar with outdoor recreational activities in nature. This study considers a discrete choice experiment that includes the type of accommodation as well as four types of rural tourism activities: active, passive, cultural and aquatic. The degree of preference for the considered attributes is obtained from the estimation of different discrete choice models. Findings: Results reveal that the inclusion of the investigated attributes in holiday packages increases tourists’ utility, which motivates the promotion of rural tourism for young residents and non-residents. The most significant differences in perceptions of attributes between residents and non-residents were found in the activities of diving/snorkelling and stargazing, as well as the type of accommodation and package price. Practical implications: This study will contribute to a better understanding of an alternative tourism market which will help key stakeholders in the tourism sector to better serve this important segment of the industry and to encourage more sustainable tourism in the future. Originality/value: To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first study evaluating the WTP for rural tourism packages as a more sustainable alternative in mass tourism destinations and taking into account resident vs non-resident perceptions.
ISSN: 1660-5373
DOI: 10.1108/TR-05-2022-0225
Source: Tourism Review [ISSN 1660-5373], (Noviembre 2022)
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