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High-speed trains and the agglomeration of tourism economies: evidence from East-central China

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Dr. Bo Zhou is a professor in Tourism and Hotel Administration Department at Xiamen University, China. His research interests are tourism economics, industrial economics, technology innovation and corporation strategy. He has published many papers in influential peer-reviewed economics and management journals and also works as reviewer for many top tier international journals.

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In this study, we investigate how high-speed trains impact the agglomeration of regional tourism economies. We use the location quotient to measure the level of tourism economy agglomeration of a region, and establish econometric models to estimate the impact of high-speed train. The data of 178 administrative cities, located in Eastern and Middle China, are collected. According to the initial results, the running of high-speed trains does contribute to the agglomeration of tourism economy. However, once considering the spatial spillover effect of high-speed trains, the local effect of high-speed trains becomes insignificant and the spillover effect becomes a positive power to increase the level of tourism agglomeration. This study adds to the current literature on tourism economy impacts of high-speed train in China, and provides some useful suggestions for tourism administration departments of government and for tourism firms.

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High-speed trains and the agglomeration of tourism economies: evidence from East-central China

In this study, we investigate how high-speed trains impact the agglomeration of regional tourism economies. We use the location quotient to measure the level of tourism economy agglomeration of a region, and establish econometric models to estimate the impact of high-speed train. The data of 178 administrative cities, located in Eastern and Middle China, are collected. According to the initial results, the running of high-speed trains does contribute to the agglomeration of tourism economy. However, once considering the spatial spillover effect of high-speed trains, the local effect of high-speed trains becomes insignificant and the spillover effect becomes a positive power to increase the level of tourism agglomeration. This study adds to the current literature on tourism economy impacts of high-speed train in China, and provides some useful suggestions for tourism administration departments of government and for tourism firms.