Title

The Impact of Fees on Visitation of National Parks

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2006

Abstract

This study assesses the impact of the change in revenue management policy (namely the increased public land recreation fees) on the number of domestic and international travelers that visit the large, mostly well-known US National Park System sites. Baseline, multivariate demand models were developed based on secondary data from 10 years prior to the fee policy change, and were used to predict demand in years following the fee change. The predictions of the baseline demand models were then compared to the sites' actual visitation. The differences between the actual and the predicted visitation are statistically significant, indicating that the change in the federal agencies' revenue management policy might have had an adverse effect on the visitation of the largest US national sites.

DOI

10.1016/j.tourman.2005.12.015

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