This paper aims to investigate the importance of the regional endowment in WHS for domestic tourism. How and to what extent WHS designation affects the flows of tourists between each pair of Italian regions:
– by separating the effects on tourism flows of WHS located in the residence region of the tourists (origin region) and in the destination region
– by taking into account potential spatial substitution or complementarity between regions induced by their WHS endowmen.
And to provide an interpretative framework for the varying effects of WHS endowment on tourism flows, according to a spatial sensitivity analysis.