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Spatial Variability of Tourism Demand and Differences in Economic Impact in a Rural Economic Development Context


  • Das, Biswa R.
  • Rainey, Daniel V.


Statistically predicted future tourism demand is used to conduct an economic impact analysis in twelve tourism zones in the state of Arkansas. The analysis reveals spatial variability in employment, and output growth that will continue into the future. Tourism has the potential as an economic growth engine for the state, especially in economically disadvantaged regions with long-term benefits.

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  • Das, Biswa R. & Rainey, Daniel V., 2008. "Spatial Variability of Tourism Demand and Differences in Economic Impact in a Rural Economic Development Context," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6799, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saeaed:6799

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    Tourism Demand; Economic Impact Analysis; Rural Development; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy; R15; R58;

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    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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