nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2020‒09‒14
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Assessing the Role of Women in Tourism Related Sectors in the Caribbean By Pastore, Francesco; Webster, Allan; Hope, Kevin
  2. Early Impacts of COVID-19 on Maine’s Hospitality Sector in 2020 By Gabe, Todd; Crawley, Andrew

  1. By: Pastore, Francesco (Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli); Webster, Allan (Bournemouth University); Hope, Kevin (Caribbean Development Bank)
    Abstract: This study contributes to the rapidly growing literature on women in tourism. It focuses on a group of 13 Caribbean countries. The study analyses the impact of women in apical positions within firms (top manager or owner) on firm performance – productivity, profitability and female employment. For this both a decomposition model and the Inverse Probability Weighted Regression Adjustment (IPWRA) estimator are used. The analysis finds that opportunities for women in these positions in the Caribbean are constrained to less productive and profitable firms, as elsewhere. However, those firms with females at the top employ more women, particularly in management roles.
    Keywords: gender differences, tourism, propensity score matching, IPWRA, Caribbean
    JEL: D22 J16 L26 L83 Z32
    Date: 2020–07
  2. By: Gabe, Todd; Crawley, Andrew
    Abstract: This paper examines Maine’s hospitality sector in 2020, with a focus on the impacts of COVID-19 and the potential trajectory of hospitality sales during the second half of the year. The sector experienced its largest COVID-related impacts in April—with 80 percent lower lodging sales and 58 percent lower restaurant sales compared with the same month in 2019—whereas the sector’s performance in May and June indicate smaller percentage reductions compared with the same months last year. Our analysis shows three possible scenarios for the second half of 2020, which have annual hospitality sales that range from an estimated $2.5 billion to $3.1 billion (compared with $4.3 billion in 2019 hospitality sales). Estimated daily sales in the month of July suggest that Maine’s hospitality sector will experience a recovery that lies between our “moderate” and “stalled” scenarios, which would equate to between $2.5 billion and $2.8 billion in overall 2020 restaurant and lodging sales.
    Keywords: Covid-19, Hospitality Sales, Tourism, Maine
    JEL: I12 L83 R11
    Date: 2020–08–30

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