nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2019‒05‒27
five papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Assessing the impact of tourism on hospitals’ performance in a coastal destination By Ezza, Alberto; Marinò, Ludovico; Giovanelli, Lucia
  2. Tourism and economic wellbeing in Africa By Adeola, Ogechi; Evans, Olaniyi; Hilson, Ebo
  3. Travellers’ choice of information sources and information channels for domestic trips By Del Chiappa, Giacomo; Balboni, Bernardo
  4. Confidence and loyalty for agrotourism brands: The Lesvos paradigm By Chatzigeorgiou, Chryssoula; Christou, Evangelos; Simeli, Ioanna
  5. Evaluating Factors of Small and Medium Hospitality Enterprises Business Failure: a conceptual approach By Spyridou, Anastasia

  1. By: Ezza, Alberto; Marinò, Ludovico; Giovanelli, Lucia
    Abstract: Tourism represents one the most relevant industries in promoting the development of a destination, but tourism and its seasonality can produce negative outcomes. The additional demand caused by tourism can strongly affect public service providers which cannot adapt their supply to seasonal variations as a result of organisational, financial and institutional limitations. This work focuses on hospital services in an Italian coastal destination and it aims to explain the impact tourism and its related seasonality have on the performance of hospitals in a coastal destination. The activity of three hospitals located in Gallura, a region in the north-east of Sardinia, Italy, has been analysed. The analysis has been carried out using data on hospitals admission from 2014 and 2015.The study highlights the critical impact tourism can have on the activity of healthcare providers in a coastal destination, identifying the reduction of hospital performance and a potential cause of bed crises.
    Keywords: impact of tourism; hospital admission; host communities; seasonality; bed crisis
    JEL: L32 L83 M19
    Date: 2019–04–15
  2. By: Adeola, Ogechi; Evans, Olaniyi; Hilson, Ebo
    Abstract: The importance of tourism as a driver of economic growth and development in countries is well explored in the literature. In this chapter, we extend this line of research by incorporating the concept of economic wellbeing to tourism research in Africa. The chapter explores the effect of tourism on economic wellbeing for 44 African countries for the period 1995-2015 using fully modified least square method. The empirical evidence shows there is a strong, positive and statistically significant relationship between tourism and economic wellbeing, indicating that increased tourism is associated with increased economic wellbeing. The evidence also indicates bi-directional causal linkages between tourism and economic wellbeing in the short and long run, implying that tourism leads to economic wellbeing while economic wellbeing also leads to the expansion of tourist activities both in the short and long run. The chapter therefore contributes to a deeper understanding of tourism as an important factor for the economic wellbeing of destination countries.
    Keywords: Tourism, economic wellbeing, Africa
    JEL: F2 I3 P5
    Date: 2018
  3. By: Del Chiappa, Giacomo; Balboni, Bernardo
    Abstract: The topics of disintermediation and re-intermediation, both offline and online, have captured the attention of researchers and practitioners alike. Relying on an information search perspective, this study aims to identify which factors (i.e. different socio-demographic characteristics and travel-related variables) best predict whether a traveller will seek information from a travel agency or from a service provider (i.e. information source choice) and if this will be done face to face or through the Internet (i.e. choice of communication channel). Contribution to the body of knowledge and managerial implications are discussed and suggestions for future research are given.
    Keywords: Information source; information channel; disintermediation; short-haul travelling; Italy
    JEL: L83 L86 M31 R41
    Date: 2019–04–15
  4. By: Chatzigeorgiou, Chryssoula; Christou, Evangelos; Simeli, Ioanna
    Abstract: It has been established that strong brands are important in the agrotourism industry. Agrotourism brands provide the link between visitors and the agrotourism firms and tourists may or may not develop a degree of loyalty to relevant brands. The present study suggests that confidence in an agrotourism brand has high influence in development of brand loyalty. Based on hypotheses developed, confidence in an agrotourism brand is influenced by brand characteristics, agrotourism company characteristics and visitor characteristics. The present survey took place in Greece and examined the attitudes of visitors in agrotourism firms at the island of Lesvos. Survey results demonstrate that agrotourism firm brand characteristics appear more important in their impact on a visitor’s confidence in a brand. It was also established that confidence in a brand is positively influencing loyalty. Recommendations are developed for agrotourism marketers in relation to building and maintaining visitor confidence in a brand.
    Keywords: agrotourism; branding; brand loyalty; brand confidence; Lesvos
    JEL: L83 M31 Q13
    Date: 2019–04–15
  5. By: Spyridou, Anastasia
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to present a comparison between macro and micro economic factors as they are suggested by the current literature in corporate failure field. Present study answers two research questions, firstly which the causes of corporate bankruptcies in tourism are, and secondly which metrics could help more on effectively predict a corporate failure. Based on a conceptual approach authors analyze and collect different macro and micro economic factors. Results indicates how strongly the various factors affect the quantity and intensity of bankruptcy applications and suggestions are given on how different models could be developed to predict the risk of bankruptcy in a macro or micro aspect. This is one of the first studies that investigates the effectiveness of different types of Corporate Failure metrics, which has, until now, suffered a dearth of conceptual studies in the field, especially in the context of national economies due to the economic recession.
    Keywords: Corporate Failure; Metric;Micro SMTEs
    JEL: L83 M13 M21 M40
    Date: 2019–04–15

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