Temporary population estimates of mass tourism destinations: The case of Benidorm

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Title: Temporary population estimates of mass tourism destinations: The case of Benidorm
Authors: Sánchez Galiano, Juan Carlos | Martí Ciriquián, Pablo | Fernández-Aracil, Patricia
Research Group/s: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio en el Espacio Litoral
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Edificación y Urbanismo | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario del Agua y las Ciencias Ambientales
Keywords: Temporary population | Mass tourism | Unregistered visitors | Water consumption | Waste generation | Benidorm
Knowledge Area: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
Issue Date: Oct-2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Tourism Management. 2017, 62: 234-240. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2017.04.012
Abstract: Benidorm (Spain) is a large-scale tourism destination on the Mediterranean coast, and its temporary population can be divided into users of regulated tourist accommodation and unregistered visitors, as occurs in other destinations. The number of these different types of unregistered temporary inhabitants should be estimated separately to gauge more accurate population figures in tourist destinations which are subject to seasonality. Indicators such as drinking water consumption or solid waste generation are used to estimate the number of unregistered visitors. The results reveal that the average total population of Benidorm at least doubles the registered resident population. Additionally, a population density index has been calculated to assess urban sustainability. The methodology adopted can be applied to other case studies in order to estimate total populations, which is vital for the adequate provision of public services.
Sponsor: This work was partially supported by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Alicante (Patricia Fernández-Aracil has a scholarship for The Training of University Teachers from the University of Alicante, FPU UA 2014).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/66439
ISSN: 0261-5177 (Print) | 1879-3193 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2017.04.012
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2017.04.012
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