International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Tourist Visitation Impacts of the Accident at Three Mile Island

Document Type

Conference Paper

Abstract

This paper analyzes tourist impacts of the March 27, 1979, accident at Three Mile Island. A review of the literature, supplemented with recollections from Pennsylvanian public officials, are used to specify a conventional tourism impact model which holds that the depressed 1979 summer tourism season was more influenced by gasoline shortages and possibly other confounding variables (such as rainy local weather conditions and a polio outbreak) than by the nuclear accident. Regression analyses using monthly visitation data for Hershey Chocolate World, Gettysburg National Park, The Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitor Bureau, and several state parks as dependent variables provide support for this model. Potential tourism implications of an accident at Yucca Mountain are briefly discussed in light of our findings.

Publication Title

High Level Radioactive Waste Management

Publication Date

1-1-1993

First Page

1904

Last Page

1910

ISBN

0872629503

Keywords

nuclear fuels, energy planning and policy, reactor accidents, social impact, economic impact, Three Mile Island, tourism, regression, risk assessment, Yucca Mountain Project

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