Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on tourist public transportation use and on its determinants
Delclòs-Alió, X., Gutiérrez, A., Miravet, D., Tomàs-Porres, J., Vich, G. and Anton Clavé, S. “Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on tourist public transportation use and on its determinants" Tourism Management Perspectives
Despite the key importance of public transport for the accessibility, atractiveness, and sustainability of tourist areas, little is known about how the COVID-19 has impacted its use among turists. In response, we compared the likelihood of using public transport among visitors in a Catalan coastal area based on surveys conducted in 2019 and 2020. The pandemic caused a significant decline in tourists'use of public transportation, from 54.5% in 2019 to 34.6% in 2020, and in movility at the destination. Results obtained from a set of bivariate probabilistic models reveal that though most of the traditional determinants of visitors' use of transit remained unaltered, pandemic-related factors were associated with its decline.