High-speed rail systems and tourists´ destination choice: the case studies of Paris and Madrid

Pagliara, Francesca and Delaplace, Marie and Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2015). High-speed rail systems and tourists´ destination choice: the case studies of Paris and Madrid. "International Journal of Sustainable Development Planning", v. 10 (n. 3); pp. 399-410. ISSN 1743-7601. https://doi.org/10.2495/SDP-V10-N3-399-410.

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Title: High-speed rail systems and tourists´ destination choice: the case studies of Paris and Madrid
Author/s:
  • Pagliara, Francesca
  • Delaplace, Marie
  • Vassallo Magro, José Manuel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: International Journal of Sustainable Development Planning
Date: 30 June 2015
ISSN: 1743-7601
Volume: 10
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: High-speed rail; Madrid; Paris; tourism
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The analysis of how tourists select their holiday destinations along with the factors determining their choices is very important for promoting tourism. In particular, transportation is supposed to have a great influence on the tourists’ decisions. The aim of this paper is to investigate the role of High Speed Rail (HSR) systems with respect to a destination choice. Two key tourist destinations in Europe namely Paris, and Madrid, have been chosen to identify the factors influencing this choice. On the basis of two surveys to obtain information from tourists, it has been found that the presence of architectural sites, the promotion quality of the destination itself, and the cultural and social events have an impact when making a destination choice. However the availability of the HSR systems affects the choice of Paris and Madrid as tourist destinations in a different way. For Paris, TGV is considered a real transport mode alternative among tourists. On the other hand, Madrid is chosen by tourists irrespective of the presence of an efficient HSR network. Data collected from the two surveys have been used for a further quantitative analysis. Regression models have been specified and parameters have been calibrated to identify the factors influencing holidaymakers to revisit Paris and Madrid and visit other tourist places accessible by HSR from these capitals

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Item ID: 36240
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/36240/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:36240
DOI: 10.2495/SDP-V10-N3-399-410
Official URL: http://www.witpress.com/elibrary/sdp-volumes/10/3/960
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 19 Jun 2015 18:04
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015 11:11
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