Author Bios (50 Words for each Author)

Eunjung Yang. Eunjung Yang is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management at the University of Florida. Her research goal is to shed light on the role of tourism in the creation of healthy, sustainable, and resilient communities in order to improve people’s quality of life.

Jinwon Kim. Jinwon Kim is a tourism/recreation/community geographer and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management at the University of Florida, United States. He also serves as the Director of the UF Community Spatial Lab.

Abstract (150 Words)

Despite the positive and negative impacts of tourism, prior studies have rarely focused on addressing how each tourism sector differently affects community resilience, and which factor significantly influences their mixed relationships across communities. This study addresses previous limitations by exploring spatially heterogeneous mixed effects of tourism industry specialization on community resilience and identifying a key moderator that affects their mixed relationships. Geographically weighted regression combined with spatial path analysis was applied to case studies of 3,108 counties in the United States and 67 counties in Florida. The findings show that tourism industry specialization has spatially heterogeneous mixed effects on community resilience, and these effects are strongly affected by the degree of environmental pollution. Specifically, environmental pollution negatively affects the relationships between community resilience and (a) arts/entertainment/recreation tourism sectors in the United States and (b) accommodation/food service tourism sectors in Florida. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are also discussed.

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Tourism Industry Specialization, Overtourism, and Community Resilience: A Spatial Path Analysis Approach

Despite the positive and negative impacts of tourism, prior studies have rarely focused on addressing how each tourism sector differently affects community resilience, and which factor significantly influences their mixed relationships across communities. This study addresses previous limitations by exploring spatially heterogeneous mixed effects of tourism industry specialization on community resilience and identifying a key moderator that affects their mixed relationships. Geographically weighted regression combined with spatial path analysis was applied to case studies of 3,108 counties in the United States and 67 counties in Florida. The findings show that tourism industry specialization has spatially heterogeneous mixed effects on community resilience, and these effects are strongly affected by the degree of environmental pollution. Specifically, environmental pollution negatively affects the relationships between community resilience and (a) arts/entertainment/recreation tourism sectors in the United States and (b) accommodation/food service tourism sectors in Florida. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are also discussed.