Redefining tourism destination boundaries from a consumption-based perspective

Tourism destinations usually follow the administrative boundaries of the corresponding territorial administration. In contrast, previous studies state that administrative boundaries are not the most effective framework with which to manage and plan a tourism destination. This thesis supports this critical point of view and highlights the need to focus on the functionality of destinations from a demand perspective, under a more flexible destination model that takes into account the way tourists consume a destination. The aim is, therefore, to redefine the boundaries of tourist destinations based on travel patterns within destinations and to unravel the factors that influence these patterns. The results show that tourists cross administrative boundaries and destinations overlap in space. In addition, distance represents a key factor which affects travel patterns within the destination and determine the size of the destinations. ​
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