Soc Indic Res https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-018-1939-7 Do UNESCO World Heritage Sites Influence International Tourist Arrivals? Evidence from Italian Provincial Data 1 1 2 Elina De Simone · Rosaria Rita Canale · Amedeo Di Maio Accepted: 1 June 2018 © Springer Nature B.V. 2018 Abstract This paper investigates—through dynamic panel data techniques—the impact of Unesco World Heritage List (WHL) sites on international tourist arrivals. Relying on a sample of Italian provinces over the period 1997–2015, a positive effect of WHL inscrip - tions on foreign visitors’ attractiveness is found. These results provide a further contribu- tion to the debate about the role of WHL in fostering tourism, and, differently from other analyses on the Italian regions, support the conclusion that the inscription in the list can play a role in promoting attractiveness. Keywords World Heritage List · International tourism · Italian provinces · Dynamic panel · Error correction model 1 Introduction The World Heritage List currently contains 1073 properties, of which 832 are cultural, 206 natural, and 35 mixed, belonging to 167 States Parties who signed the 1972 UNE- SCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Herit- age. An inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List (WHL) represents the greatest award for countries endowed with cultural and natural heritage
Social Indicators Research – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 6, 2018
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