Estimating the Tourist Demand for International Dive Vacations: A Pretest

Estimating the Tourist Demand for International Dive Vacations: A Pretest

Primary Country: Philippines
Ecosystem: coral reef
Sample Value Estimates:
  1. $4.20 / day: Average WTP as a daily entrance fee to a marine sanctuary in the Philippines
  2. $6 / year: average WTP as an annual donation for coral reef boat mooring maintenance
Methodology: contingent valuation
Region: Asia
Data source: NOAA's Coral Reef Valuation Database

Publication information

Arin, T. “Estimating the Tourist Demand for International Dive Vacations: A Pretest” Master of Science Thesis, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, 1998

Addtional Notes

Three sites were Anilao, Batangas

Mactan Island, Cebu

Panglao Island, Bohol. Sample size is 137. M.S. Thesis

Arin, Tijen

1998

Estimating the Tourist Demand for International Dive Vacations: A Pretest

Master of Science Thesis, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke UniversityDive tourism, coral reefs, contingent valuation, survey design

This thesis presents the results of pretest willingness to pay surveys in three popular coral reef diving locations in the Phillipines. Results are analyzed as an effort to learn more about suvey design, implementation, and the use of contingent valuation and travel cost methodologies as techniques for assisting policymakers with resource management decisions. Tourists were asked willingness to pay to enter a marine sanctuary and willingness to pay to support anchor bouy maintenance. Average WTP as a daily entrance fee to a marine sanctuary: $4.20 (average for the three sites). Average WTP as an annual donation for coral reef boat mooring maintenance: $6 (average for the three sites)

By learning more about the financial benefits of recreational tourism to coral reef areas, policy makers and conservation professionals may be able to make improved management decisions. This study, by estimating the demand curve for reef tourism, reveals which factors are most significant in influencing demand and the amount of consumer surplus, an estimate that is useful when considering changes to entrance fees.

Phillipines (Anilao, Batangas

Mactan Island, Cebu

Panglao Island, Bohol)

Coral reefs

Dive tourism

Research was conducted by Arin, as part of the the Coastal Resource Management Project, a USAID funded natural resource program in the Phillipines.

July-August 1997Average WTP as a daily entrance fee to a marine sanctuary: $4.20 (average for the three sites). Average WTP as an annual donation for coral reef boat mooring maintenance: $6 (average for the three sites)

In-person surveys (convenience surveys) and self-administered

Contingent valuation

137Toben E. Galvin

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