Assessing the economic impact of wind farms on tourism in Scotland: GIS, surveys and policy outcomes

Riddington, G., McArthur, D. , Harrison, T. and Gibson, H. (2010) Assessing the economic impact of wind farms on tourism in Scotland: GIS, surveys and policy outcomes. International Journal of Tourism Research, 12(3), pp. 237-252. (doi: 10.1002/jtr.750)

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The impact of wind farms on the environment and subsequently on tourism is the subject of much heated debate. The research was concerned with making a robust quantitative assessment of the economic impact, to help resolve the debate and inform government policy on planning for renewable energy. In addition to a broad description of the intercept surveys and the advanced local economic models used to ascertain impact, the research details two novel elements; a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) model for the analysis of the number of tourists and bed spaces exposed to wind farms and a large internet-based survey of the willingness to pay for landscape. The research found a very small but significant negative economic impact and, on the basis of the survey information, suggests ways of minimising this impact. Both GIS modelling and internet surveying were found to be extremely useful and, it is suggested, both should become standard tools for the tourism researcher.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:wind farms;tourism;economic impact;GIS;contingent valuation;internet surveying
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mcarthur, Dr David
Authors: Riddington, G., McArthur, D., Harrison, T., and Gibson, H.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Tourism Research
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1522-1970

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
0Scottish GovernmentUNSPECIFIED