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Natural amenities and regional tourism employment: A spatial analysis


  • Niromi Naranpanawa
  • Alicia N. Rambaldi
  • Neil Sipe


This research examines the spatial linkages between natural amenities and tourism employment spillovers under alternative neighbourhood structures. A main contribution is to contrast models where economic distance defines neighbouring regions with a model where the spatial structure is defined by geographical proximity. Significant spillovers are found not only between geographical neighbours, but also between economic neighbours with important implications for policy design. Internet, population, regional parks and state forests and World Heritage Areas are found to be important drivers of regional spillovers. This study uses data for Queensland, Australia, however the approach and conclusions can be extrapolated to similar economies. Esta investigación examina los vínculos espaciales entre las servicios de recreo naturales y los spillovers de empleo en el sector turismo dentro del marco de estructuras de vecindario alternativas. Una de las contribuciones principales es el contraste de modelos en los que la distancia económica define a las regiones vecinas con un modelo en el que la estructura espacial se define por la proximidad geográfica. Se observan importantes spillovers no sólo entre vecinos geográficos, sino también entre vecinos económicos, con importantes repercusiones en la formulación de políticas. Internet, la población, los parques regionales y los bosques estatales, y las áreas Patrimonio de la Humanidad son importantes impulsores de los spillovers regionales. Aunque este estudio utiliza datos de Queensland (Australia), el enfoque y las conclusiones se pueden extrapolar a economías similares. 本稿では、新たな居住地域構造のもとにおける、自然アメニティと観光産業における雇用の波及効果の空間的連関を検討する。主に、経済的距離が近隣地域を定義するモデルと地理的近接性が空間構造を定義するモデルとの対比を行う。地理的な近隣地域間だけでなく、政策デザインのための重要な意味がある、経済的な近隣地域間においても有意な波及効果が認められる。インターネット、人口、広域公園と州有林、世界遺産地域が、地域的な波及効果の需要な推進要因であることが認められる。本研究ではオーストラリアのクイーンズランド州のデータを使用したが、この方法と結論を類似する経済圏に外挿することができる。

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  • Niromi Naranpanawa & Alicia N. Rambaldi & Neil Sipe, 2019. "Natural amenities and regional tourism employment: A spatial analysis," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 98(4), pages 1731-1757, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:presci:v:98:y:2019:i:4:p:1731-1757
    DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12431

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