Identification of common city characteristics influencing room occupancy

Sérgio Moro, Paulo Rita

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Purpose: National tourism offices worldwide implement marketing strategies to influence tourists’ choices. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing a city as a tourism destination. The purpose of this paper is to answer which are the characteristics that play a key role in room occupancy. Design/methodology/approach: Diverse characteristics such as the city offer, demographics, natural amenities (e.g. number of beaches) and also politics (e.g. type of government) are combined into a decision tree model to unveil the relevance of each in determining room occupancy. The empirical experiments used data known in 2015 from 43 cities from Europe and the rest of the World to model room occupancy rate in 2016. Findings: While the seasonality effect plays the most significant role, other less studied features such as the type of political party prior to current government were found to have an impact in room occupancy. Originality/value: This study unveiled that center–right and right governments are generally more sensitive to promote its city as a tourism destination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-490
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Cities
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2019


  • City characteristics
  • Data mining
  • Hotels
  • Natural amenities
  • Room occupancy


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