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Determinants of the Length of Stay in Latin American Tourism Destinations

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Abstract:

Economic theory generally treats the duration of a vacation as a constraint on demand imposed by available time. In contrast, in this article, we show that the length of stay is a determinant of destination demand more than a demand constraint that is largely explained by the cost of travel, and moderated by the perceived characteristics of the destination, publicity, and the sociodemographic profile of the tourist. We estimate a heterogeneous survival model to measure the relationship between vacation length and covariates. The empirical application was carried out in Portugal on a sample of individuals traveling to Latin America on charter flights. The article discusses the policy implications of the research findings.

Keywords: CONSUMER HETEROGENEITY; DURATION MODELS; LATIN AMERICA; SURVIVAL MODELS; TOURISM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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  • The aim of Tourism Analysis is to promote a forum for practitioners and academicians in the fields of Leisure, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (LRTH). As a interdisciplinary journal, it is an appropriate outlet for articles, research notes, and computer software packages designed to be of interest, concern, and of applied value to its audience of professionals, scholars, and students of LRTH programs the world over.
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