Discussion Paper

No. 2012-21 | April 02, 2012
Multi-destination Trips: A Survey on Incoming Tourism in Sicily
(Published in Special Issue Tourism Externalities)


Many pleasure trips are often characterized by the visit of more than a single destination. Despite the topic is well documented in literature, the empirical studies are limited to a few pioneering studies. This lack may be attributable to the failure of tourism organizations to collect data on multi-destination trip behaviors, as it results, for example, from the system of European statistics on tourism (according to the Council Directive 95/57 EC), where no information on the average number of destinations visited within a single trip are provided. This paper aims to analyze the main implications of multi-destination trips both on tourism statistics and in tourism planning, and to describe the research design and the solutions adopted for the analysis of incoming tourism in Sicily. Some results related to the number of destinations visited and on the main travel itineraries undertaken by tourists in Sicily derived from the survey are presented.

Paper submitted to the special issue
Tourism Externalities

JEL Classification

C83 L83

Cite As

Anna Maria Parroco, Franco Vaccina, Stefano De Cantis, and Mauro Ferrante (2012). Multi-destination Trips: A Survey on Incoming Tourism in Sicily. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2012-21, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2012-21


Comments and Questions

Anonymous - Report
April 16, 2012 - 12:04

The manuscript proposes a descriptive analysis of data.
The main strenght is the research design adopted in order to collect data about multi-destination trips.
The weakness is the application of too simple statistical methods.
The study is only descriptive and no hypothesis is tested. So, it is impossible to ...[more]

... know the statistical significance of the results from the sample data.

Anonymous - Referee Report
April 25, 2012 - 08:34

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Mauro Ferrante - Reply to Referee Report
August 07, 2012 - 10:40

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Anonymous - Referee Report
May 30, 2012 - 08:35

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Mauro Ferrante - Reply to Referee Report
August 07, 2012 - 10:41

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Mauro Ferrante - Revised Version
August 07, 2012 - 10:46

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