Faculty Publications

Title

Visitor spending and economic impacts of heritage tourism: A case study of the silos and smokestacks national heritage area

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Economic impact, Heritage, Visitor spending

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Heritage Tourism

Volume

4

Issue

3

First Page

245

Last Page

256

Abstract

Heritage is regarded as one of the most significant and fastest growing components of tourism. The development of heritage tourism as a generator of income besides the enhancement of community pride and identity has emerged as an objective of both heritage sites and tourism planning. The discretionary nature of expenditures in heritage tourist places makes it crucial to understand visitor spending pattern. This is key in demonstrating the economic contribution to the community for the tourism planners. This presentation is based on an intercept survey of travelers to the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA), comprising 37 counties in Northeast Iowa. Visitor spending pattern is discussed among four categories of heritage sites in the SSNHA: farms, museums, parks and gardens, and businesses. IMPLAN Input–Output Model is utilized to generate the direct, indirect and induced economic impact in the area. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2009

DOI of published version

10.1080/17438730802139269

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