Nonlinear tourist flows in Barcelone
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Tourism is not only a source of wealth, but also a positive way of knowing and mixing local and foreign cultures. However, overexploitation of natural resources and inadequate behaviours (among other factors) can lead to a conflict between tourists and locals that makes the tourist economy not sustainable. The modelling of tourist flows is a good tool to face and overcome this problem, looking for the balance between natural and socioeconomic re- sources, the interests and rights of tourists and locals. This paper proposes a mathematical model of nonlinear differential equations, which allows to study the dynamic interaction between the main factors that affect the tourist flows of Barcelona. We have used non-linear Ordinary Differential Equations to represent the interactions between residents, tourists and investors. Politi- cal/economic decisions and geopolitical factors have been added as external forces. Specific aspects of Barcelona have been taken into account, such as the impos- sibility of extending the city, the lack of regulation (and excessive regulation), the affluence of investors and the increase in prices (which pressures residents outside from the city) Our results show that sustainability, that is, the positive values of the popu- lation of tourists, locals and investors, in the long run is possible under the appropriate economic and social decisions.
CitationTrullols, E. [et al.]. Nonlinear tourist flows in Barcelone. A: International Conference Dynamical Systems - Theory and Applications. "DSTA 2019: 15th International Conference Dynamical Systems - Theory and Applications: Lódz, Poland: December 2-5, 2019: abstracts". Lódz: Politechnika Lódzka, 2019, p. 1-9.