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A case study: The impact of low-cost carriers on inbound tourism of Saudi Arabia

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  • Alsumairi, Mohammad
  • Hong Tsui, Kan Wai

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This study investigates the impact of low-cost carriers (LCCs) on Saudi Arabia's tourism demand. It also provides an understanding of the relationship between air transport development and tourism development in the Gulf region. The Box–Jenkins SARIMA-X models were employed to model and forecast international tourist arrivals to Saudi Arabia, using monthly international tourist arrivals to Saudi Arabia from July 2010 to December 2015. The forecasting models were significantly accurate, with lower values of MAPE, MAP, and RMSE. The findings suggest that an increase in airline capacity, religious travel, and airline competition are associated with the increasing international tourist arrivals to Saudi Arabia. This also indicates that there is a positive relationship between air transport development and tourism development. Further aviation liberalisation in the Gulf region is discussed to give opportunities for the region's LCCs to increase their share of the increasing air travel demand, thereby enhancing tourism development.

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  • Alsumairi, Mohammad & Hong Tsui, Kan Wai, 2017. "A case study: The impact of low-cost carriers on inbound tourism of Saudi Arabia," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 129-145.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:62:y:2017:i:c:p:129-145
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2017.04.001
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