Modelling the Spatial Pattern of Rural Tourism and Recreation

  • John CullinanEmail author
  • Stephen Hynes
  • Cathal O’Donoghue
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


One of the key strengths of SMILE is its facility to combine spatial data from many diverse sources in order to examine economic, social and environmental issues of importance to the rural economy in Ireland. Indeed, spatial context lies at the heart of many aspects of the rural economy and SMILE, as a modelling and data infrastructure, can be usefully applied in conjunction with techniques such as geographic information systems (GIS) analysis and microeconometrics to examine such issues. One such area of interest is rural tourism. Rural tourism is now an important contributor to rural development in Ireland given the long term decline of agriculture, particularly in its potential for stimulating employment and providing a viable option for off-farm diversification.


Geographic Information System Negative Binomial Model Discrete Choice Model Rural Tourism Conditional Logit Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Cullinan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stephen Hynes
    • 2
  • Cathal O’Donoghue
    • 3
  1. 1.Discipline of EconomicsNational University of IrelandGalway Co., GalwayIreland
  2. 2.Socio-Economic Marine Research UnitNational University of IrelandGalway Co. GalwayIreland
  3. 3.Rural Economy and Development ProgrammeTeagascAthenryIreland

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