High-Speed Rail Systems and Tourists’ Destination Choice: The Case Studies of Paris and Madrid

High-Speed Rail Systems and Tourists’ Destination Choice: The Case Studies of Paris and Madrid

F. Pagliara M. Delaplace  J. M. Vassallo 

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Lab’Urba IFU - Université de Paris-Est, France

Centre of Transport Invetigation (TRANSyT) – University of Madrid, Spain

30 June 2015
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The analysis of how tourists select their holiday destinations along with the factors determining their choices is very important for promoting tourism. In particular, transportation is supposed to have a great influence on the tourists’ decisions. The aim of this paper is to investigate the role of High Speed Rail (HSR) systems with respect to a destination choice. Two key tourist destinations in Europe namely Paris, and Madrid, have been chosen to identify the factors influencing this choice. On the basis of two surveys to obtain information from tourists, it has been found that the presence of architectural sites, the quality of promotion of the destination itself, and cultural and social events have an impact while make a choice. However the availability of the HSR systems affects the choice of Paris and Madrid as tourist destinations in a different way. For Paris, TGV is considered a real transport mode alternative among tourists. On the other hand, Madrid is chosen by tourists irrespective of the presence of an efficient HSR network. Data collected from the two surveys have been used for a further quantitative analysis. Regression models have been specified and parameters have been calibrated to identify the factors influencing holidaymakers to revisit Paris and Madrid and visit other tourist places accessible by HSR from these capitals.


High-speed rail, Madrid, Paris, tourism


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