Recreational Demand of Visits to the Gulf Coast Region

31 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2016

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Derrick Robinson

University of California, Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources; Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Terrill Hanson

Auburn University - School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

Date Written: September 15, 2016

Abstract

Economist commonly use recreational demand models to estimate benefits visitors receive from consumption of a specific site. These models also capture impacts of recreational activities consumed and help to determine the value consumers place on the factors that influence their choice to visit a site. Households spend leisure time pursuing a variety of recreational activities. Policy makers need accurate estimates of the benefits and costs of actions that affect the quality and quantity of available recreation activities. The travel cost method (TCM) is a commonly used estimation method. The model estimates that the number of trips to a site are assumed to be related to travel cost incurred getting to the site, time traveling to and from the site along with time spent at the site, as well as other demographic and/or locational variables (Parsons, 2003). Survey sampling is the most common method used to gather information on visitors to a specific area and what types of amenities these visitors are consuming. The data collected from the surveys is used to estimate recreational trip demand for sites.

Keywords: Gulf Coast, Tourism, Recreational Demand, Travel Cost

JEL Classification: C24, Q26, Z30

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Derrick and Hite, Diane and Hanson, Terrill, Recreational Demand of Visits to the Gulf Coast Region (September 15, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2839607 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2839607

Derrick Robinson (Contact Author)

University of California, Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources ( email )

540 Alumni Ln
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ( email )

Comer Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
United States

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ( email )

Comer Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
United States
334-844-5655 (Phone)
334-844-5639 (Fax)

Terrill Hanson

Auburn University - School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences ( email )

203 Swingle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
United States

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