JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (5): 1090-1097.doi: 10.31497/zrzyxb.20200506

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Improvement and application of the multi-destination travel cost sharing model in recreation value evaluation of Zoige county

DENG Mao-tao1, SHANG Min1, YANG Zhi-juan1, YANG Miao2, YANG Zheng-xing1, HE Si-miao1   

  1. 1. Sichuan Aba Ecology and Environmental Monitoring Centre, Aba 624000, Sichuan, China;
    2. Sichuan Academy of Environmental Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
  • Received:2019-04-11 Online:2020-05-28 Published:2020-05-28

Abstract: Multi-destination round-trip travel is a hot spot in the evaluation of tourism value with the travel cost method (TCM). But it is a key problem in the evaluation of recreation value to divide the public cost of multi-destination travel and determine the cost weight of each destination objectively and accurately. Therefore, this paper, with Zoige county as object of study, and most popular Huahu Lake and the First Bend of Yellow River in Zoige county as two sample points, introduces the concepts of public travel costs and the direct costs of destination, to improve the calculation model of public cost sharing in multi-destination travel; that is, the ratio of direct expenses in the destination to be evaluated to the total direct expenses of multi-destination is taken as the shared weight of the destination to be evaluated in the public travel expenses. The calculation model shares the public cost of the trip according to tourists' own consumption characteristics surveyed, and tries to avoid the influence of subjective assumptions, and to make the sharing of expenses more objective and reasonable. This can properly solve the widespread multi-destination round-trip travel problem. Based on the interval travel cost method, this paper applies the improved cost sharing calculation model to evaluate the recreation value of Zoige county. In 2017, the recreation value was 3.109 billion yuan and the per capita recreation value was 1538 yuan, in which, the travel cost was 2.506 billion yuan, the per capita travel cost was 1240 yuan, the consumer surplus was 0.603 billion yuan, and the per capita consumer surplus was 298 yuan. This paper can help to improve recreation value assessment methods by modifying the multi-destination travel cost sharing model. The research results can provide scientific guidance for the development and planning of eco-tourism industry in Zoige county.

Key words: travel cost method, cost sharing model, multi-destination travel, Zoige county, recreation value