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Tourism-led growth hypothesis in the top ten tourist destinations: New evidence using the quantile-on-quantile approach
Tourism Management (2017)
  • Syed JH Shahzad, University of Malaysia, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Muhammad Shahbaz, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
  • Román Ferrer, University of Valencia
  • Ronald R Kumar, University of the South Pacific - Fiji
Abstract
This paper examines the empirical validity of the tourism-led growth hypothesis in the top ten tourist destinations in the world (China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States) using the quantile-on-quantile (QQ) approach and a new index of tourism activity that combines the most commonly used tourism indicators. This methodology, recently introduced by Sim and Zhou (2015), provides an ideal framework with which to capture the overall dependence structure between tourism development and economic growth. The empirical results primarily show a positive relation between tourism and economic growth for the ten countries considered with substantial variations across countries and across quantiles within each country. The weakest links are noted for China and Germany, possibly because of the limited importance of the tourism sector relative to other major economic activities in those countries. Important country-specific policy implications may be drawn from these findings.
Publication Date
June, 2017
DOI
10.1016/j.tourman.2016.12.006
Citation Information
Syed JH Shahzad, Muhammad Shahbaz, Román Ferrer and Ronald R Kumar. "Tourism-led growth hypothesis in the top ten tourist destinations: New evidence using the quantile-on-quantile approach" Tourism Management Vol. 60 (2017) p. 223 - 232 ISSN: 0261-5177
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ronald_ravinesh_kumar/40/