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Transforming competitiveness into economic benefits: Does tourism stimulate economic growth in more competitive destinations?


  • Webster, Craig
  • Ivanov, Stanislav


This research note investigates the impact of a destination's competitiveness upon tourism's contribution to economic growth using a cross-section with 131 countries. Destination competitiveness is measured with the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, while tourism's contribution to economic growth is measured with the growth decomposition methodology. Results reveal that destination competitiveness has no statistically significant impact on tourism's contribution to economic growth. Tourism policy implications and directions for future research are also discussed.

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  • Webster, Craig & Ivanov, Stanislav, 2014. "Transforming competitiveness into economic benefits: Does tourism stimulate economic growth in more competitive destinations?," Tourism Management, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 137-140.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:touman:v:40:y:2014:i:c:p:137-140
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2013.06.003

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