Conceptualizing and operationalizing nodal tourism functions

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Lohmann, G & Pearce, DG 2010, 'Conceptualizing and operationalizing nodal tourism functions', Journal of Transport Geography, vol. 18, no. 2, pp 266-275.

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This paper reviews conceptualizations of nodal functions and presents a methodology for identifying and measuring the tourism functions of specific places with reference to place competitiveness. The methodology, which combines measures of length of stay and purpose of visit, is illustrated by a survey-based comparative analysis of ferry passengers traveling between two tourist nodes in New Zealand: Wellington and Picton. The results show distinctive differences between the two places in terms of their multiple functions expressed as origins, gateways, stopovers and destinations. Opportunities for modifying functions appear to be greatest amongst international travelers.

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