Comparative Advantage: Explaining tourism flows

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to explain international tourism flows in terms of supply-side factors associated with its production in destination countries. Unlike demand-oriented analysis, the study suggests that there are parallels between tourism and international trade flows that are typically explained from the supply-side variables, the comparative advantage of the exporting countries. A simple model is proposed and tested. The results render strong support for the relevance of supply-side factors such as natural endowments, technology, and infrastructure in explaining international tourism flows.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume34
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)223-243
Number of pages21
ISSN0160-7383
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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