nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2018‒03‒19
four papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Managing Change and Strategic Thinking: Evidences from Hospitality and Tourism Sector of the UK By Sah, Sanjay Kumar; Nadda, Vipin
  2. "Management Control Systems within Sustainable Ecotourism: A Study of Belitung" By Daryanto Hesti Wibowo
  3. The Welfare Effects of Peer Entry in the Accommodation Market: The Case of Airbnb By Chiara Farronato; Andrey Fradkin
  4. Trips and trade By Nitsch, Volker

  1. By: Sah, Sanjay Kumar; Nadda, Vipin
    Abstract: This qualitative paper examines the strategic thinking and managing change in complex business environment in the hospitality and tourism sector of the UK through the cases of Hilton London Canary Wharf and Hilton London Tower Bridge. For the purpose of analysis, researchers explored the research phenomenon under different models including TALC model and IBTEE Model. Using convenience sampling, researchers interviewed face-to-face 12 Line Managers and 30 employees through open-ended semi-structured interview questions regarding change management process and obstacles interlinked with it. Findings revealed that although Hilton hotels have adapted changes to some extent but there is still more room for further improvement. The management of the selected hotels highly relies on the training purpose for the effective change adaption whereas coaching and research is lagging behind. The biggest constraint during effective change adaption is the diverse background of the workforce as most are from the multicultural backgrounds. Moreover, the communication, ritual, and cultural barriers are causing issues in the change process. Lastly, the recommendations are given for consolidating effective change management at workplace.
    Keywords: Change Management; Complex Business Environment; Hospitality and Tourism Sector; Strategic Thinking; Training;
    JEL: D29 H87 L83 M00 M19
    Date: 2017–11–15
  2. By: Daryanto Hesti Wibowo (Padjadjaran University/Institut STIAMI, Jl. Dipati Ukur No. 35, 40132, Bandung, Indonesia)
    Abstract: "Objective – This study aims to examine the implementation of ecotourism management control systems in Belitung. The purpose of this is to make the management system more effective and efficient in achieving its targets. Methodology/Technique – Questionnaires were delivered to tourism department officers in Belitung and a direct interview was also conducted with the Regent. The established goals for the development of ecotourism management are defined using the Management Control System ('MCS') framework to effectively and efficiently obtain and utilize resources to achieve those objectives. These goals require targeted congruence, supported by motivated employees, running on formal and informal control mechanisms with the application of risk allocation. Findings – This research shows that management control systems have been applied in the development of inclusive and sustainable ecotourism. However, personal and organizational target congruence shows areas for improvement, particularly with respect to shifting from mining to ecotourism as the the source of economic profitability. Novelty – The Belitung local government has recently amended its policies to focus more heavily on the development of inclusive and sustainable ecotourism. "
    Keywords: Ecotourism; Effective; Efficient; Management Control System; Sustainability.
    Date: 2017–12–19
  3. By: Chiara Farronato; Andrey Fradkin
    Abstract: We study the effects of enabling peer supply through Airbnb in the accommodation industry. We present a model of competition between flexible and dedicated sellers - peer hosts and hotels - who provide differentiated products. We estimate this model using data from major US cities and quantify the welfare effects of Airbnb on travelers, hosts, and hotels. The welfare gains from Airbnb are concentrated in locations (New York) and times (New Year’s Eve) when hotels are capacity constrained. This occurs because peer hosts are responsive to market conditions, expand supply as hotels fill up, and keep hotel prices down as a result.
    JEL: D4 D6 L1 L22 L23 L85 L86
    Date: 2018–02
  4. By: Nitsch, Volker
    Abstract: Politicians travel a lot, for various reasons. The types of trips to foreign countries range, for instance, from a formal, highly-orchestrated, multi-day visit to brief logistical stop-overs, from the regular exchange of information during official talks in a working environment to ceremonial visits. This chapter reviews selected issues in the analysis of the economic effects of foreign travels by politicians. It starts by highlighting possible differences in the effects dependent on the visitor's official position. Next, it is emphasized that only few travels, dependent on their purpose, may be economically relevant. Finally, issues related to the choice of the travel destination are discussed.
    Keywords: diplomacy,visit,travel,official,host
    Date: 2018

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