nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2018‒04‒02
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Tourism Policy for Encouraging the Development of SMEs in Belitong, Indonesia By Wahyuddin Latunreng
  2. Tourism and regional development: a spatial econometric model for Portugal at municipal level By Ana Catarina Vieira; Luis Delfim Santos

  1. By: Wahyuddin Latunreng (Institut STIAMI, Indonesia. Author-2-Name: Daryanto Hesti Wibowo Author-2-Workplace-Name: Padjadjaran University/Institute STIAMI, Jl. Dipati Ukur No. 35, 40132, Bandung, Indonesia)
    Abstract: Objective – This study discusses the role of tourism policy in the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the province of Belitong, Indonesia. Methodology/Technique – This research applies mixed method analysis through the use of likert-scale questionnaires and interviews. The respondents completing the survey are from SME proprietors. Following the questionnaire, an interview with the Regent was delivered to confirm the findings. Findings – The research shows that people working in SMEs agree that tourism policy encourages the development of SMEs. However, it is shown that tourism policies need to be more inclusive, particularly with respect to shifting such policies from a mining (extractive) economy into a tourism economy. Novelty – This study resiliently makes suggestions for the improvement of public communication; some people fail to comprehend tourism policies which may lead to the ineffectiveness of the programs.
    Keywords: Effective; Efficient; Policy; SMEs; Sustainable; Tourism
    JEL: L20 L25 L29
    Date: 2018–02–23
  2. By: Ana Catarina Vieira (Faculdade de Economia do Porto); Luis Delfim Santos (Faculdade de Economia do Porto)
    Abstract: This study examines the importance of tourism as a factor for regional economic development in Mainland Portugal, emphasizing the inter-regional spatial spillover effects. A spatial analysis of the main variables of the tourism sector revealed strong evidence of positive spatial autocorrelation across the municipalities of Portugal. A significant spatial clustering of these activities on coastal location was identified, leading to the formation of hot spots in coastal regions and cold spots in inland regions. Furthermore, this work specifies spatial econometric models aiming to estimate the relevance of the tourism sector in regional economic development, on a municipal level. The results show that tourism is a significant driver of regional economic development. Moreover, they revealed the presence of positive and significant inter-regional spillover effects, which strongly enhance tourism’s economic impact.
    Keywords: tourism sector; spillover effects; spatial econometrics; Portugal
    JEL: C21 R12
    Date: 2017–05

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