I'm currently working on a model to assess the local impact of a regional tourism center/activity. I had a few questions regarding this. First, there is no defined "tourism" industry sector, correct? Is there a list of generally accepted/used sectors for tourism? Also, it's my assumption that the primary direct impacts (lodging, restaurants, shopping, etc.) will be in a relatively small radius to the event center. This radius encompasses about six different zip codes across three cities (all within one county). In your opinion, would it be more beneficial to use the individual zip code data for the areas where the primary impact is assumed, or would it make better sense to use the county-level data? In what situations would the zip code level data be better than the county data and visa-versa? Thanks in advance.
Correct, there is no tourism industry, rather it is the expenditure pattern (restaurants, lodging, gas) that generates the impacts. There are a large number of IMPLAN tourism studies out there, hopefully one will be similar to yours and have a spending pattern per visitor specified. My inclination would be to use the county (unless Chicago sits in one corner), but it really depends on the audience. If one of the cities commissions the study, they don't usually care how it benefits the other two.
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