High speed rail and coastal tourism: Identifying passenger profiles and travel behaviour

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Title: High speed rail and coastal tourism: Identifying passenger profiles and travel behaviour
Authors: Gutiérrez, Aarón | Ortuño Padilla, Armando
Research Group/s: Ingeniería del Transporte, Territorio y Medio Litoral (AORTA) | Economía de la Vivienda y Sector Inmobiliario (ECOVISI)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Edificación y Urbanismo
Keywords: High speed rail | Coastal tourism | Passenger profiles | Travel behaviour
Knowledge Area: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2017
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Citation: Gutiérrez A, Ortuño A (2017) High speed rail and coastal tourism: Identifying passenger profiles and travel behaviour. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179682. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179682
Abstract: In this paper, we characterise tourists most likely to visit a coastal destination by high-speed rail (HSR). Our data came from a survey conducted among HSR passengers during 2014’s high season (July and August) at Spain’s Camp de Tarragona and Alicante Stations, each of which is near a mass tourism destination on the Mediterranean coast: the Costa Daurada and the Costa Blanca, respectively. We used responses to the survey, which presented binary discrete-choice situations, to construct a database necessary for a logistic regression model that allowed us to examine how passenger profile, trip characteristics, and stay conditions influenced the use of HSR services on visits to each coastal destination. Results highlighted significant differences in the profiles of tourists who arrived at each destination by HSR and, in turn, that no specific tourist profile is associated with HSR, even for two stations that serve sunny beach destinations. Among its implications, to analyse travellers that HSR can attract, it is vital to consider the specific characteristics of each destination and its current market.
Sponsor: This research was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (GLOBALTUR–CSO2011–23004/GEOG; MOVETUR-CS02014-51785-R) to AG.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/67774
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179682
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2017 Gutiérrez, Ortuño. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179682
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