Benchmarking in Tourism Destination, Keeping in Mind the Sustainable Paradigm

29 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2006

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Valentina Bosetti

Bocconi University; CMCC - Euro Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change

Mariaester Cassinelli

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment; CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Alessandro Lanza

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan; CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici; Bocconi University - IEFE Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

Tourism destination benchmarking and the assessment of tourism management performances are a crucial and challenging task in the direction of evaluating tourism sustainability and reshaping tourism activities. However, assessing tourism management efficiency per se may not provide enough information concerning long-term performances, which is what sustainability is about. Natural resources management should therefore be included in the analysis to provide a more exhaustive picture of long-run sustainable efficiency and tourism performances. Indeed, while the environmental endowment of a site is a key feature in tourism destination comparison, what really matters is its effective management. Therefore, in this paper we assess and compare tourism destinations, not only in terms of tourism services supply, but also in terms of the performance of environmental management. The proposed efficiency assessment procedure is based on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). DEA is a methodology for evaluating the relative efficiency when facing multiple input and output. Although the methodology is extremely versatile, for the sake of exemplification, in this paper it is applied to the valuation of sustainable tourism management of the twenty Italian regions.

Keywords: Data envelopment analysis, Sustainable tourism indicators

JEL Classification: L83, Q26

Suggested Citation

Bosetti, Valentina and Cassinelli, Mariaester and Lanza, Alessandro, Benchmarking in Tourism Destination, Keeping in Mind the Sustainable Paradigm (January 2006). FEEM Working Paper No. 12.2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.879706

Valentina Bosetti (Contact Author)

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Mariaester Cassinelli

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Alessandro Lanza

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan

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Italy

CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici ( email )

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