WIT Press


New Mobility Strategies For The Development Of Tourism In Sicily

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ST120051

Volume

161

Pages

11

Page Range

57 - 67

Published

2012

Size

3,425 kb

Author(s)

G. Salvo, L. Caruso & N. Santoro

Abstract

Tourism and transport is a well-established and inseparable pair. An area can increase the tourism in potentially own economy. This requires suitable accommodation and an adequate transportation system. A positive synergy effect is induced to increase the site. Transport is an important growth area for tourism, and as a result better functioning of transport facilitates access to sites, decreases the cost of transport and increases tourist flows. In Sicily there is a wealth of artistic, archaeological and natural sites, generating a tourist flow during the year. Despite this, the network of connections and services is precarious. Residents and visitors are inaccessible to certain geographical areas. Often airport nodes are isolated for tourists as residents and connections to main destinations are by road transport, because rail is not competitive. Congestion of the main arteries increases negative externalities related to road transport and for tourists increases the negative perception of the journey. In this paper we propose guidelines for sustainable tourism, by analyzing the supply of mobility. The case study examines the reality of the stretch of waterfront in Western Sicily (Palermo to Trapani), introducing a faster shipping service to facilitate accessibility to tourist sites along the coast with a network of connections that includes airport nodes. Keywords: sustainable tourism, high speed craft, waterfront areas. 1 Introduction Tourism is a sector that produces strong environmental impacts, with ecological and socio-economic consequences. This requires a global analysis, which allows

Keywords

sustainable tourism, high speed craft, waterfront areas