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Metrics to measure the geographic characteristics of tourism markets: An integrated approach based on Gini index decomposition

Pong-Lung Lau, Tay T.R. Koo and Larry Dwyer

Tourism Management, 2017, vol. 59, issue C, 171-181

Abstract: Compared to the metrics of tourism seasonality or tourism income distribution, metrics of tourism spatiality remains under-explored. Our principal aim is to enhance the way we measure the geographic dispersal of visitors by developing a Gini index–inspired dispersal metric. We discuss the theoretical criteria for an ideal spatial metric and use these criteria to highlight the important links and differences between Gini and the common ratio approach. Applying the methods to inbound Australian tourism data, we find that considering only one method in isolation not only increases the risk of incorrectly measuring the spatial performance of markets but also ignores interesting, and often offsetting, heterogeneous influences in the data. We expect the outcomes to aid tourism researchers and managers wanting to widen their repertoire in spatial measurement methods, and aid the choice of most appropriate method based on criteria firmly grounded in theory.

Keywords: Geographic concentration ratio; Spatial measurement approaches; Gini decomposition; Lambert and Aronson; Tourist dispersal; Australia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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