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Sustainability 2016, 8(9), 908; doi:10.3390/su8090908

The Determinants of Tourist Use of Public Transport at the Destination

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Department of Geography, Rovira i Virgili University, Vila-seca 43480, Spain
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Department of Economics, Rovira i Virgili University, Reus 43204, Spain
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Consortium of Public Transport of Camp de Tarragona, Tarragona 43004, Spain
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 15 August 2016 / Revised: 1 September 2016 / Accepted: 1 September 2016 / Published: 7 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

Of all the activities associated with tourism, transport is the one that creates most pollution. However, the mobility of tourists at their destination is an activity that has so far received very little attention from researchers in comparison with that afforded to the transport mode used to travel from their point of origin to their destination. This paper provides new evidence about the use of public transport by tourists at their final destination. The study is based on data obtained from a survey conducted with tourists (N = 4336) on the Costa Daurada (Catalonia), a Mediterranean sun and beach resort. The empirical analysis is based on estimations made using a multinomial model of the transport mode chosen by tourists to travel to the Costa Daurada combined with another model that estimated the probability of them using public transport during their stay. The results show that the tourists who arrived by private car were the ones who least used public transport at the destination. This was despite the fact that these tourists had the profile that made them most likely to use this type of transportation. On the other hand, although the tourists who arrived by plane had the profile that made them least likely to use public transport, they were the ones who used it most. It is, therefore, possible to conclude that, in addition to tourist profile, another key factor in deciding whether tourists will use public transport at their destination is whether they will take their own car. View Full-Text
Keywords: public transport; sustainable mobility; tourist mobility; transport mode choice; coastal destination public transport; sustainable mobility; tourist mobility; transport mode choice; coastal destination
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Gutiérrez, A.; Miravet, D. The Determinants of Tourist Use of Public Transport at the Destination. Sustainability 2016, 8, 908.

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