Assn4 - ESM 204 Taman Negara Travel Cost Problem You are...

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ESM 204 Taman Negara Travel Cost Problem You are part of a group project which is making recommendations regarding an increase in the entrance charge for a national park in Malaysia. The analysis below has been structured to facilitate your getting an answer for your client. You should prepare a one-page summary memo (paper copy) to your client (and the TA) outlining and justifying your recommendations, with appendices supporting these recommendations. You should also submit as backup an electronic copy of the EXCEL file containing all of your computations plus your names (send to TA using as a file name your surnames; eg: Aigner_Richardson.xls). Background Taman Negara (literally, "national park" in Malay) is one of the oldest and largest protected areas in the tropics. Established in 1938-39 during the British colonial period, it sprawls over more than 4,000 square kilometers in three states of Peninsular Malaysia: Kelantan, Pahang, and Terengganu. It is considered one of the finest and best protected conservation areas in the developing world. Its terrain ranges from lowland rainforests to the highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia, Gunung Tahan (2,187 meters). It provides habitat for numerous threatened and endangered species, including the Sumatran rhinoceros, Asian tiger, seladang (wild ox), and siamang (black gibbon). Malaysia's rapid economic growth since independence in 1957 has been accompanied by the creation of a sizable middle class. This has increased domestic demand for recreation, including demand for nature-based activities at parks like Taman Negara. Camping, hiking, and sight- seeing are the principal activities at the park. The park today attracts a roughly equal mix of Malaysian and foreign visitors. The pedagogic objectives of the project are to learn how to implement the single-site travel-cost model and to use this model to analyze recreation policy issues. In this project you will work with a dataset on domestic visitors to Taman Negara in 1991. The data are found in a separate excel workbook , Data for Malayan Travel Cost.xls . The workbook contains data organized by state of origin for Malaysian visitors. Column A gives the names of the states. Data are combined for two states, Kedah and Perlis. Wilayah Persekutuan refers to the federal territory, which includes the largest city in the country, Kuala Lumpur. Column B indicates the number of visitors from each state in 1991. Most visitors came from
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This note was uploaded on 08/06/2008 for the course ESM 204 taught by Professor Kolstad during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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