The web of connections between tourism companies

Structure and dynamics

Luciano da Fontoura Costa, Rodolfo Baggio

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Abstract

Tourism destination networks are amongst the most complex dynamical systems, involving a myriad of human-made and natural resources. In this work we report a complex network-based systematic analysis of the Elba (Italy) tourism destination network, including the characterization of its structure in terms of several traditional measurements, the investigation of its modularity, as well as its comprehensive study in terms of the recently reported superedges approach. In particular, structural (the number of paths of distinct lengths between pairs of nodes, as well as the number of reachable companies) and dynamical features (transition probabilities and the inward/outward activations and accessibilities) are measured and analyzed, leading to a series of important findings related to the interactions between tourism companies. Among the several reported results, it is shown that the type and size of the companies influence strongly their respective activations and accessibilities, while their geographical position does not seem to matter. It is also shown that the Elba tourism network is largely fragmented and heterogeneous, so that it could benefit from increased integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4286-4296
Number of pages11
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Volume388
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Applications of statistical physics
  • Complex networks
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Socio-economic networks
  • Tourism systems

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  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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The web of connections between tourism companies : Structure and dynamics. / da Fontoura Costa, Luciano; Baggio, Rodolfo.

In: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Vol. 388, No. 19, 01.10.2009, p. 4286-4296.

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