Teitler Regev Sharon
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Management,
Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel
I have a Ph.D. in economics from the joint program of the University of Haifa and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, (Israel, 2009) and a Master degree in economics from the joint program of the University of Haifa and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (1995), In addition I have a Master degree in Hotel administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (1997). Currently I am a Senior Lecturer at the economics and management department at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College.
My main interest area is tourism economics. In my dissertation, I studied the effect of terror on tourism. Afterwards I have done several research on the effect of tourist's perceptions on the tourist choice. The research focused on different kinds of risks like political unrest, terrorism, health risks and economic risks and their effect on the tourist perception and intention to travel to specific destination.
Following the event of "protective edge" in 2004 I have done a research regarding the willingness to pay for airline tickets during tense and during quiet times.
During the past years, I have received twice funding from the Israeli ministry of tourism to research tourism to Israel. The first research focused on the tourist experiences in Israel and the level of satisfaction from the visit. The second research focused on the independent tourist to Israel (one that does not come on organized tour) and investigate how the tourist plan the visit and what effects the level of expenses in Israel.
In addition, I have done a research that used secondary data on tourists to Spain and calculated the number of hotel rooms required in order to attract a certain number of tourists. This paper was published in "Tourism Management" the leading tourism journal.
Currently, I am collecting data on vacation preferences. The goal is to understand the choice of the tourist between urban tourism and nature tourism and what effect this choice, especially how the place of residence in the present and in childhood effect this choice. This relationship is tested both on domestic and international tourists.
Moreover, I research the effect of the weather on the number of Israelis and tourist that visit nature reserves in Israel. This research uses big data and panel analysis to understand the effect of weather and other economic data on human behavior.
In the future, I plan to continue the research on understanding tourists' motivation and risk perception in choosing destinations. I plan to use "big data" and analytical models that fit those data. The goal is to have a better forecast of the number of tourists visiting Israel and a better understanding of what the tourists from the different countries are looking for on their visit to Israel.
Specifically I plan to focus on understanding the use of the internet and mobile phones to purchase tourism products. Including understanding the choice between online purchasing and using travel agent for purchasing when the tourist gain his or her utility form different variables like risk, quality, price etc.