nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2021‒02‒15
four papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. The Contribution of Crafts in Improving the Touristique Image of Essaouira: The Case of Marquetry By Bouragba, Mustapha; Elkandoussi, Fatima; Institute of Research, Asian
  2. Granger Causality Analysis of the Economic Cycles of the Tourism Industry and the EU Regional Economy By Radu Radulescu
  3. Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of Rural Women in Strengthening Agriculture-Tourism Linkages in Nigeria’s Oil Producing Communities By Joseph I. Uduji; Elda N. Okolo-Obasi; Vincent A. Onodugo; Justitia O. Nnabuko; Babatunde A. Adedibu
  4. New Insights into ECCU's Tourism Sector Competitiveness By Manuk Ghazanchyan; Li Zhao; Steve Brito; Vivian Parlak

  1. By: Bouragba, Mustapha; Elkandoussi, Fatima; Institute of Research, Asian
    Abstract: In order to enhance tourism in Morocco, the 2020 vision is concentrating on an integrated and a proactive approach to national land-use planning. Eight territories have been set up, and each one has a positioning that the ministry of tourism plans to promote. Essaouira, which is a part of Marrakech Atlantic territory, is hence, presented as a destination that embodies the art of living. Namely, the marquetry, which is reflecting cultural and artistic identity has played a key role in fostering the touristic image of Essaouira. However, this role is not well highlighted and Essaouira's marquetry is encountering several obstacles that need to be fixed so as to improve this craft, which is the symbol of an entire province. The aim of this article is to evaluate the managerial practices of Essaouira's inlayers, in order to recommend suitable actions for the improvement of the city's marquetry sector and therefore contribute into the enhancement of its touristic image.
    Date: 2020–12–21
  2. By: Radu Radulescu (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of IaÅŸi, Romania)
    Abstract: The relationship between tourism and economic growth has become an important topic of many empirical studies, and various models of analysis can help us understand the contribution of tourism to economic growth, due to the methodological approaches used by researchers. This article analyzed the causal relationship between the economic cycles of the tourism industry and those of regional economic growth between 2004-2016 using the Granger causality test and validated all the causal hypotheses between tourism and economic growth for 21 countries and 158 of regions in the European Union.
    Keywords: tourism industry, EU regional economy, economic cycles
    Date: 2020–09
  3. By: Joseph I. Uduji (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria); Elda N. Okolo-Obasi (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria); Vincent A. Onodugo (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria); Justitia O. Nnabuko (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria); Babatunde A. Adedibu (Redeemer’s University, Ede, Nigeria)
    Abstract: This paper extends and contributes to the literature on tourism for transformative and inclusive growth from the corporate social responsibility (CSR) perspective. Specifically, we examine the impact of CSR of multinational oil companies (MOCs) on empowerment of rural women in strengthening agriculture-tourism linkages in Niger Delta region of Nigeria. A total of 800 rural women were sampled across the region. Results from the use of a logit model indicates that rural women seldom participate in the global memorandum of understandings (GMoUs) interventions in agritourism value chain projects, due to the norms and culture of the rural communities. This implies that if the tradition of the people continues to hinder direct participation of the rural women from GMoUs programmes, achieving gender equality and cultural change would be limited in the region, and rural women would remain excluded from the economic benefits of agritourism when compared with the male counterparts. The finding suggests that, GMoU interventions engaging women smallholders in the tourism value chain can be an important vehicle for advancing gender empowerment and fostering social inclusion. Also, cluster development boards (CDBs) should pay close attention to which extent the participation of rural women in the GMoUs projects may be limited by traditions.
    Keywords: Agriculture-tourism linkages; corporate social responsibility; multinational oil companies; young rural women; sub-Saharan Africa
    Date: 2020–01
  4. By: Manuk Ghazanchyan; Li Zhao; Steve Brito; Vivian Parlak
    Abstract: Tourism has become the main driver of economic growth and employment and the most important source of income in the ECCU. Preserving and, possibly, enhancing the competitiveness of the tourism product is key for these countries. Unfortunately, the evidence shows that tourism arrivals to the ECCU have been declining slightly while global demand for tourism is on the rise. The objective of this paper is to study the structural determinants of competitiveness for the ECCU, defined as the relative cost advantage over other touristic regions (Di Bella, Lewis, and Martin 2007). Using a gravity model, we show that proximity to North American and European markets is indeed an important competitive advantage for the ECCU. However, despite this advantage, and, in some cases, specialization in high-end tourism, regression analysis shows that arrivals to the ECCU are sensitive to relative prices. Our simulations show that mitigating supply-side constraints would improve the ECCU’s competitiveness and allow the region to regain global market shares.
    Keywords: Tourism;Tariffs;Natural disasters;Competition;WP,ECCU,ECCU member
    Date: 2019–07–17

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