Using the travel cost method, the authors measure the recreational trip value of Xinghai Park in Dalian, China. They compare nonlinear, truncated Poisson and truncated negative-binomial count data models to estimate recreational trip demand. The economic values of recreational trips in terms of consumer surplus (CS) are derived from each model. They estimate the CS values at between RMB ¥493 (US$64) to RMB ¥562 (US$73) per trip, resulting in a total social welfare estimate in the range from RMB ¥1.08 billion to RMB ¥1.23 billion (US$140 million to US$160 million in 2007).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management