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Major environmental impacts of European tourist transport

Peeters, P., Szimba, E., Duijnisveld, M.
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Peeters, P., Szimba, E. & Duijnisveld, M. (2007) Major environmental impacts of European tourist transport. Journal of Transport Geography, 15, 83-93.

By merging European passenger transport demand data with international tourism data, a new data model was created, giving insight in the environmental impacts of tourism transport between the places of residence of European Union citizens and their tourist destinations. Analysis with this data model shows that, of the environmental impacts considered (climate change, air quality, noise and nature/landscape), climate change generates more than half of the externalities of tourist transport. Policies with the objective of reducing the external cost of European tourism should focus on measures reducing the impacts of tourist air transportation and intercontinental tourism.
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