Preferences help
enabled [disable] Abstract
Number of results
2017 | 62 | 124-135
Article title

Estimating the Recreational Values of Addis Ababa Parks Using the Travel Cost Method: The Case of Hamle 19 and Future Parks

Title variants
Languages of publication
Recreation is essential to an individual’s health, socialization and general well-being. It can be used to discover new talents. It should be noted that the recreation field recognizes the importance of physical activities in the lives of everyone and the benefits of sport participation for some, but it does not limit itself to sport in the delivery of leisure opportunities and services. This study was conducted to estimate the recreational value of parks in Addis Ababa. The study encompasses the analysis of the data collected from 180 randomly selected sample visitors of two parks selected purposely from Addis Ababa recreation sites. To measure the recreational economic benefits from the recreation site, Individual Travel Cost Method (ITCM) was employed. The ITCM was preferred to Zonal TCM in this study because of its statistical efficiency. In the selection of a model, the number of visits was truncated. To estimate the annual recreational values, the Truncated Negative Binomial model was employed and found Birr 18,239,782.05 and 19,389,895.00 for Hamle 19 and Future parks, respectively per year. This study is limited only the recreational values of the two parks excluding other use values and non-use values of the sites. Further research is therefore recommended to estimate the total economic value of those sites.
Physical description
  • [1] Ali Y. (2011). Valuing the Economic Benefit of Ecotourism Areas with Travel Cost and Choice Experiment Methods: A case Study of Semene Mountain National Park Ethiopia.
  • [2] Andualem G. (2011). Estimating the Economic Value of Wildlife: The Case Of Addis Ababa Lions Zoo Park. MSc Thesis A.A.U
  • [3] Arvanditis, P. A. (2008). Perception and Attitude on Urban Green Space: an economist's view. International Conference: Urban Green as a Key for Sustainable Cities. Sofia, Bulgaria: Leibniz institute of Ecological and Regional Development.
  • [4] Barber, A. (2008). Policies and Strategies for Urban Green Spaces. International Conference: Urban Green as a Key for Sustainable Cities. Sofia, Bulgaria: Leibniz institute of Ecological and Regional Development.
  • [5] Bowker, J. M., and Leeworthy, V. R. (1998). Accounting for ethinity in recreaion demand: A flexible count data approach. Journal of leisure research 30(1):64-78.
  • [6] Cameron, T. A. (1996). Using Actual and Contingent Behavior Data with Differing Levels of Time Aggregation to Model Recreation Time. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 21(1): 130-149.
  • [7] Fletcher J. J., Adamowicz W. L. and Graham-Tomasi T. (1990). The Travel Cost Model of Recreation Demand: Theoretical and Empirical Issues. Leisure Sciences, V. No. 12
  • [8] Kealy, M., and R. Bishop, (1986). Theoretical and empirical specifications issues in Travel Cost Method Demand Studies. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 8: 660-667.
  • [9] Kraus, R. (1978). Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society. Santa Monica, CA: Good Year.
  • [10] Mahmud M. Y. 1998. Measuring Environmental Benefit of a Recreation Site: An Economic Estimation of Sodere Recreation Area. Unpublished MSC. Thesis, Addis Ababa University.
  • [11] Osgood, D. W. (2000). Poisson‐based Regression Analysis of Aggregate Crime Rates. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 16, 21‐44.
  • [12] Sitotaw E., (2003). Valuation of the Benefits of Out-Door Recreation Using the Travel Cost Method: The Case of Wabi-shebele Langano Recreation. Unpublished MSC. Thesis, Addis Ababa University.
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.