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Title: Spatial and environmental characteristics of rural tourism lodging units
Authors: Santana Jiménez, Yolanda 
Suárez Vega, Rafael Ricardo 
Hernández Guerra, Juan María 
UNESCO Clasification: 531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
Keywords: Rural tourism
GIS
Spatial econometrics
Remoteness
Land diversity, et al
Issue Date: 2011
Journal: Anatolia 
Abstract: The geographical characteristics of the site where a rural house is located determine its tourist affluence. By using a hedonic prices model, this paper estimates the influence of some spatial and environmental variables in the rental prices of rural houses in Gran Canaria, Spain. Geographic information systems (GIS) data are used to measure the geographical attributes associated with the house, such as the land use and the nearby population density. Other factors traditionally included in hedonic models are also analysed, such as the structural characteristics of the house and distance to some points of interest. The methodology allows us to obtain an estimation of the economic value of the location and environment surrounding a rural house. Spatial econometrics was applied to study the correlation of rental prices. Results indicate that environmental diversity and remoteness positively affect prices. Some recommendations are extracted from the results, which could help to orientate the tourist diversification policies applied to the island.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/45302
ISSN: 1303-2917
DOI: 10.1080/13032917.2011.556223
Source: Anatolia [ISSN 1303-2917], v. 22 (1), p. 89-101
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