Rating Tourists' Interest in Tourism-Tailored Climate and Environmental Products

Reference: Velea, L., Gallo, A., Udristioiu, M.T. & Puiu, S. (2022). Rating Tourists' Interest in Tourism-Tailored Climate and Environmental Products. Journal of Tourism and Services, 25(13), 230-247. doi: 10.29036/jots.v13i25.438

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29036/jots.v13i25.438

Keywords:

climate, environment, air quality, tourism, rural tourism

Abstract

The scientific literature comprises a relatively large palette of studies focusing on tourist preferences regarding the weather and climate at the destination. However, the findings do not allow for establishing a hierarchy of climate and environmental features of interest for tourism based on destination type (urban/rural/mountain/seaside), but mainly to list them. We aim to identify some characteristics of a potential climate service targeting tourists by addressing in particular three aspects: 1. which are the weather, climate and/or environmental features most commonly marked as of interest in the general case of 'any destination type' and for the particular case of rural destinations; 2. which are the delivery and presentation forms of greatest interest; 3. how willing would be the tourists to pay for such a service. To this end, we used a questionnaire with five closed questions regarding these aspects, disseminated in Romania and Italy. The results confirm some expectations based on scientific literature and highlight the user interest in information encompassing several climates and/or environmental aspects, preferably in one single product. The results may be valuable for developing and providing effective tourism-oriented climate and environmental products and contribute to a better user uptake of such products and services.

Author Biographies

Liliana Velea, Department of Humanities, University Ca'Foscari, Venice, Italy; Climate Unit, National Meteorological Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Liliana Velea, PhD

Affiliation: Department of Humanities, University Ca'Foscari, Dorsoduro 3484/D, 30123 Venice, Italy https://www.unive.it/ ; Climate Unit, National Meteorological Administration, Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti 97, Sect 1, 013686 Bucuresti, Romania www.meteoromania.ro

E-mail: Liliana.velea@unive.it

Liliana VELEA has a PhD in Remote Sensing obtained at Universita degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy. She is the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at the Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Italy. She coordinated three European research projects and participated in several other projects involving climate modeling, climate data analysis, and the use of satellite-derived products in climate-related applications.  Recent activity focused on studies relating to climate changes, societal impacts, and early-stage development of climate services and products.

Alessandro Gallo, Department of Humanities, University Ca'Foscari, Venice, Italy

Alessandro Gallo, PhD

Affiliation: Department of Humanities, University Ca'Foscari, Dorsoduro 3484/D, 30123 Venice, Italy https://www.unive.it/

E-mail: alekos@unive.it

Alessandro GALLO has a PhD in Geography obtained at Rome University' La Sapienza', Italy, and currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at the Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Italy. He has been involved in several national and international research projects and is a member of the Italian Geographical Society and the Board and Scientific Committee of Cisueco (Centro Interuniversitario di Studi Ungheresi e sull'Europa Centro Orientale). His scientific interests cover the areas of political and economic geography, regional/historical geography, communication and tourism.

Mihaela Tinca Udristioiu, Faculty of Science, University of Craiova, Romania

Mihaela Tinca Udristioiu, PhD

Affiliation: Physics Department, Faculty of Science, University of Craiova, A.I. Cuza Street 13, 200402 Craiova, Romania http://cis01.central.ucv.ro/physics/

E-mail: mtudristioiu@central.ucv.ro

Mihaela Tinca UDRISTIOIU is a member of the Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania. Her scientific activity is reflected by 2 books, 42 scientific papers, from which 10 in indexed WoS papers, 14 BDI, and 18 are in WoS conference proceedings. Fields of activity: Theoretical Physics, Air Pollution, Climate Changes, Meteorology, Physics Education. She was a coordinator in two community projects in which a network of PM sensors was developed to monitor the air quality in SW part of Romania. She is a member of 4 associations, a project manager in 3 European projects (with a value over 1.4 million of euros), and a team member in another 10 projects.

Silvia Puiu, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Romania

Silvia Puiu, PhD

Affiliation: Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, A.I. Cuza Street 13, 200402 Craiova, Romania https://cis01.central.ucv.ro/en/relatii_internationale/faculty.html/ise.html

E-mail: silvia.puiu@edu.ucv.ro

Silvia PUIU is a PhD Lecturer in the Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Romania. She has a PhD in Management and teaches Management, Ethics Management in Business, Public Marketing, Marketing in NGOs, and Marketing of SMEs. Silvia Puiu followed postdoctoral studies on Ethics Management in the Public Sector of Romania. Silvia Puiu published more than 50 articles in national and international journals. Her research covers topics from corporate social responsibility, strategic management, ethics management, public marketing, and management.

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2022-12-20