Improving the recreational value of Ireland's coastal resources: A contingent behavioural application☆

Publication year: 2011
Source: Marine Policy, Volume 35, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 764-771

Luke, Barry , Tom M., van Rensburg , Stephen, Hynes

This paper measures willingness to pay (WTP) for public access to additional beach area and trail improvements to a coastal recreational site in the west of Ireland. The Contingent Behaviour model is used to measure the increased number of trips associated with improved public access using a connecting trail between two beach areas along a stretch of Irish coastline. Results show that improving access through the use of the connecting trail increases consumer surplus by €111.15 per person per annum. It is argued that in designing new regulation such as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for the management of Ireland’s coastline,…