Destination Events, Stability, and Turning Points of Development

Ruggero Sainaghi, Rodolfo Baggio

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This study investigates the effects generated by tourism events and investments to improve destination development (dynamics) and stability (topology). The horizontal visibility graph framework (a technique able to transform a time series into a network) was used. Two hypotheses were tested: the first was the ability of these events and investments to generate a turning point, and the second was their ability to increase the system’s stability. The findings are based on a longitudinal analysis of three different destinations in terms of size, type of destination events and investments, and the prevalent market segment. For each case, a daily longitudinal time series was considered, and the empirical evidence confirmed both hypotheses. In the concluding remarks, the theoretical and empirical implications are reported, and some future research avenues are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-183
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • destination events
  • horizontal visibility graph
  • multiple case study
  • network topology
  • system dynamics
  • turning point

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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