Accessing the economic value of night view of bridge using contingent valuation method: the case of South Korea’s Han-River bridge

Seungmin Nam (College of Hotel and Tourism Management, Kyunghee Unversity, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Sae-eun Park (College of Hotel and Tourism Management, Kyunghee Unversity, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Hong-Chul Shin (Faculty of Hotel Management, College of Hotel and Tourism Management, Kyunghee Unversity, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

ISSN: 1750-6182

Publication date: 3 August 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to estimate an individual’s probability of preservation of the night view of Han-River bridge tax using the contingent valuation method (CVM) and to present the effects of 4Es on experience economy theory.

Design/methodology/approach

The on-site survey was conducted in the 11 district Han-River parks: Gwangnaru, Jamsil, Ttukseom, Jamwon, Banpo, Yeechon, Yeouido, Mangwon, Nanji, Ganseo and Yanghwa district, including 24 bridges such as Banpo, Olympic bridge during 8-9 pm around the lighting and 9-10 pm peak time of lighting.

Findings

Truncated mean willingness-to-pay indicates that the economic value of the night view of Han-River bridge is 49,575 won (about USA $50) per household, which implies the significance of the preservation value of the night view.

Research limitations/implications

This study sets a hypothetical market, and there are limitations on hypothetical bias of the dichotomous choice CVM. For the future study, a survey with a specific real payment vehicle in an attempt to reduce hypothetical bias can be a tool for the prevention of the overestimation.

Practical implications

Through the study, Seoul city has to invest aggressively on the night view landscape business of Han-River bridge, which can become a landmark and has lots of attraction for tourists. As this study’s core aim was to justify the economic value of the night view of the Han-River bridges, the estimated amount strongly supports the lighting business of the Han-River bridge.

Originality/value

The results of this research may help policy-makers of Han-River to establish practical decisions as to whether improving and preserving the Han-River’s night view lighting business are worth the value.

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Citation

Nam, S., Park, S.-e. and Shin, H.-C. (2015), "Accessing the economic value of night view of bridge using contingent valuation method: the case of South Korea’s Han-River bridge", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 360-370. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCTHR-08-2014-0070

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