Agriculture , Environmental Services and Agro - Tourism in the Dominican Republic

  • Francisco Herrera, Rolando Guzmán, +11 authors Magdalena Lizardo
  • Published 2004


This paper analyzes the links between agriculture and tourism. A contingent valuation study assesses tourist’s willingness to pay (WTP) for agro-tourism and agriculture’s positive environmental services and related positive externalities. The paper analyzes factors influencing tourist preferences in the Dominican Republic (DR) -tourist income, the local tourist destination, sex, and nationality stand out among these factors. Estimates are given for different WTP scenarios according to farming systems. The study argues that a well developed agro-tourism industry would result in a market mechanism generating additional income of US $251 to US $364 million annually. Agro-tourist activities would have the added benefit of promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

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@inproceedings{Herrera2004AgricultureE, title={Agriculture , Environmental Services and Agro - Tourism in the Dominican Republic}, author={Francisco Herrera and Rolando Guzm{\'a}n and Carmen Alvarez and Victor Vi{\~n}as and Julio Moya and Alan Ram{\'i}rez and Robert Mej{\'i}a and Ellis P{\'e}rez and Ana Sierra and Hamlet Gutierrez and Aran Shetterly and Kelly Robinson and Frank Rainieri and Magdalena Lizardo}, year={2004} }