Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87446
Authors: 
Neuts, Bart
Nijkamp, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-140/3
Abstract: 
Two main topics are analysed in this paper: a crowding model for an urban destination is tested by the use of a binary logistic model in order to identify the variables influencing crowding perception; and the inherent negativity of the crowding concept, as is often assumed, is examined through association statistics. The results confirmed that personal and behavioural variables have a larger effect on the perception of crowding than use-level. Furthermore, the relationship between crowding and experience, while significantly negative, could only be found in respondents with a preference for low, and a perception of high, use-levels, while for the majority of individuals the perception of a certain crowding level did not lead to a negative evaluation of the conditions. This proves that the concept of crowding cannot be assumed to be implicitly negative, and needs individual preferences to be fully understood.
Subjects: 
carrying capacity
crowding
tourist experience
use-level
sustainability
JEL: 
L83
Q01
D62
C01
C42
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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