The Economics of Tourism Destinations


  • Norbert Vanhove, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Norbert Vanhove, University of Leuven, Belgium

The measurement of tourism is not an easy task. The Economics of Tourism Destinations provides a succinct guide to the economic aspects of tourism for students and practitioners alike to decipher the methods of measurement of supply, demand, trends and impacts.In nine chapters, The Economics of Tourism Destinations takes the reader through the economic characteristic of the tourism sector, to methods of measurement, tourism demand and supply, impacts and forecasting all with the focus on tourism destinations. International case studies are used throughout including tourism surveys in the UK and other European countries, congress centre in Bruges and income generation in several destinations.Aimed at year three undergraduates and postgraduate students, this text is suitable for those on master levels courses and practitioners already in the industry.
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3rd yr postgrad and first yr postgrad/masters level.Secondary audience: researchers in tourism, practitioners involved in tourism policy.


Book information

  • Published: December 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6637-4


"...this is an excellent and comprehensive publication which will be well received by researchers internationally and is an interesting insight and reminder of the major research contribution that continental European researchers are making at both the basic and theoretical levels." - Brian Kinga, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction; Economic characteristics of the tourism sector; Measurement of Tourism; Tourism demand; Tourism supply; Competition and tourist destination; Forecasting tourism demand; Economic impact of tourism; Micro and macro evaluation of tourism projects Epilogue and Summary; Index