Paper Information

Journal:   GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL OF TOURISM SPACE   WINTER 2014 , Volume 3 , Number 9; Page(s) 115 To 132.
 
Paper: 

TOURISM VALUATION OF HAMEDAN ALISADR CAVE USING ZONAL TRAVEL COST METHOD

 
 
Author(s):  AZIZI V.*, SADEGHI M.
 
* PAYAME NOOR UNIVERSITY, KARAJ BRANCH
 
Abstract: 

Hamedan Ali sadr Cave is one of the world’s 10 major important caves and the number of its visitors (about 600 thousand people per year) ranks 10 in the world. This study aims to estimate the economic value of ecotourism of Ali sadr cave by using a Zonal Travel Cost Method because of the importance of this tourist region. In the present research data such as social – economic condition, travel cost and the visitors of Alisadr cave have been analyzed using simple random sampling and questionnaire all of which are related to winter, spring, and summer of 2012. The results showed that variables of age, education, visitors’ income and cost and distance have significant effect on visiting the region. The analysis of the visitors’ income level showed that there was a high correlation between this variable and the number of turing days in the wild and willingness to pay entrance fees. Alisadr cave’s recreational value was estimated to be 20.45 billion rials per day. This result reflexes high economic value of this recreation centre and the necessity of more attention to tourism development in this region. Also, based on the results of the research, some suggestions were proposed to improve the attraction and development of this tourism region.

 
Keyword(s): ECONOMIC VALUATION, TOURISM, ZONAL TRAVEL COST METHOD (Z.T.C.M.), ALISADR CAVE, HAMEDAN
 
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