This paper aims to describe the sample design and the survey plan used in the survey on incomingtourism in Sicily and Sardinia. The specific goals of the survey are related: a) to the measurementand the analysis of un-observed tourism; b) to the evaluation of tourist mobility within the twoIslands; c) to the analysis of some key-factors related to the holyday experience of tourists. It iswell known that regional tourists are very difficult-to-reach populations and the problems in samplinghuman mobile populations derive from the absence of a list of units component units(frame). Despite these issues are well-known in literature under the broader categories of hard toreach, or hidden, or mobile populations, etc., the methodological solutions and most of all theempirical applications in tourism studies are almost poor. The sampling strategy undertaken toanalyze non resident tourists leaving Sicily and Sardinia at the end of their vacation is a complex,multi-stage, stratified Time-Location Sampling (TLS). Under this perspective, the availability ofinformation on the distribution of tourism flows by time (months) and space (departure places) forthe two Islands was a fundamental prerequisite for the implementation of the sample design.Key words: Hard-to-reach populations; mobile populations; time-location sampling; time-spacesampling; frontier surveys, border surveys.Parole chiave: Popolazioni mobili; campionamento spazio-temporale; indagini campionarie allefrontiere.
|Title of host publication||Mobilità e altri comportamenti dei turisti: studi e ricerche a confronto|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Scienze del Turismo - Tourism Sciences|