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Assessing the preference heterogeneity in marine ecotourism attributes by using choice experiment


Yacob, Mohd Rusli and Shuib, Ahmad (2009) Assessing the preference heterogeneity in marine ecotourism attributes by using choice experiment. International Journal of Economics and Management, 3 (2). pp. 367-384. ISSN 1823-836X


This paper aims to assist marine parks managers or policy makers in operating and managing of ecotourism resources in accordance with the concept of sustainable ecotourism development, by providing results of a valuation study on the marine parks. A choice experiment is employed to estimate the values of changes in marine ecotourism resources. The attributes investigated were ecological management (EM), recreational activity congestion (RAC), provision employment to local people (ELP) and conservation charge (CC). The general, specific and interactions of conditional logit (CL) and mixed logit (MLM) models are estimated to account for heterogeneity in the preferences of the visitors from the various management options of marine ecotourism attributes. The findings reveal that there is considerable preference heterogeneity among visitors. Findings of this study can assist marine parks manager in design ecotourism management policies for sustainable marine ecotourism development in marine parks with possible implications for other marine parks in Malaysia.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Publisher: Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Choice experiment; Marine park; Conditional logit; Mixed logit; Interactions; Ecotourism
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 16 May 2015 01:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2015 01:43
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/13298
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