The typological classification of tourist destinations: The region of Valencia, a case study

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Title: The typological classification of tourist destinations: The region of Valencia, a case study
Authors: Perles Ribes, José Francisco | Ivars-Baidal, Josep | Ramón-Rodríguez, Ana B. | Vera-Rebollo, José Fernando
Research Group/s: Planificación y Gestión Sostenible del Turismo | Economía del Turismo, Recursos Naturales y Nuevas Tecnologías (INNATUR) | Internacionalización de la Empresa y Comercio Exterior
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Turísticas
Keywords: Cluster analysis | Territory classification | Tourism planning | Tourist destinations
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional | Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Tourism Economics. 2020, 26(5): 764-773. doi:10.1177/1354816619838413
Abstract: This study establishes a classification of the tourist destinations of the Region of Valencia in Spain. A cluster analysis has been conducted on a wide range of indicators related to the tourism activity of the destinations, which has then been applied a set of 60 coastal destinations and 482 inland municipalities in the region. Spatial reference frameworks are essential for applying and developing tourism planning and promotion policies. The results obtained reveal their sensitivity to the configurations generated by these data analysis techniques, the variables used in the analysis and the group of destinations taken as a reference for the classification. They also confirm the exceptionality of the case of Benidorm and the existence of tourism dynamics and processes that are manifested unequally across the territory. The latest advances within this technique are applied which will improve the robustness of the results.
Sponsor: This research has been carried out within the framework of the research Project: Analysis of planning processes applied to smart cities and tourist destinations. Balance and proposal of a new methodology: Smart Tourism Planning (CSO2017-82592-R) under the Spanish National R&D&I Plan financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2018–2020).
ISSN: 1354-8166 (Print) | 2044-0375 (Online)
DOI: 10.1177/1354816619838413
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019
Peer Review: si
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