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Travel And Tourism Competitiveness Of The World’S Top Tourism Destinations: An Exploratory Assessment


  • Diana Balan

    (Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest)

  • Virgil Balaure

    (Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest)

  • Calin Veghes

    (Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest)


In the recent years, competitiveness has become one of the common conceptsemployed to approach and describe the sustainable development of the travel and tourism industry.Competitiveness of the travel and tourism industry, like of the tourist destinations, is defined takinginto consideration a set of reference elements related to the major dimensions of the industry, suchas the business environment, infrastructure, laws and regulations, and resources available. The paper assesses the competitiveness of the travel and tourism industry in the World’s top25 tourist destinations based on the methodology and the specific results provided in the Travel andTourism Competitiveness Report and taking into consideration the most representative performanceindicators of this industry, international tourist arrivals and international tourist receipts, providedby the World Tourism Organization.

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  • Diana Balan & Virgil Balaure & Calin Veghes, 2009. "Travel And Tourism Competitiveness Of The World’S Top Tourism Destinations: An Exploratory Assessment," Annales Universitatis Apulensis Series Oeconomica, Faculty of Sciences, "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia, vol. 2(11), pages 1-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:alu:journl:v:2:y:2009:i:11:p:43

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    1. Craigwell, Roland, 2007. "Tourism Competitiveness in Small Island Developing States," WIDER Working Paper Series 019, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Bojan KRSTIĆ & Sonja JOVANOVIC & Tanja STANISIC, 2014. "Central And East European Countries’ Tourism Competitiveness As A Factor Of Their National Competitiveness Level," Revista de turism - studii si cercetari in turism / Journal of tourism - studies and research in tourism, "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Public Administration - Economy, Business Administration and Tourism Department., vol. 18(18), pages 61-68, December.
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    travel and tourism; tourist destinations; competitiveness;

    JEL classification:

    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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