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Forecasting turning points in tourism growth

Shui Ki Wan and Haiyan Song

Annals of Tourism Research, 2018, vol. 72, issue C, 156-167

Abstract: Tourism demand exhibits growth cycles, and it is important to forecast turning points in these growth cycles to minimise risks to destination management. This study estimates logistic models of Hong Kong tourism demand, which are then used to generate both short- and long-term forecasts of tourism growth. The performance of the models is evaluated using the quadratic probability score and hit rates. The results show that the ways in which this information is used are crucial to the models’ predictive power. Further, we investigate whether combining probability forecasts can improve predictive accuracy, and find that combination approaches, especially nonlinear combination approaches, are sensitive to the quality of forecasts in the pool. In addition, model screening can improve forecasting performance.

Keywords: Tourism demand; Combined probability forecast; Quadratic probability score; Hong Kong (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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