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The Effect of Levels of Air Service Availability on Inbound tourism demand from Asia to Australia

Tay T. R. Koo, David Tan and David Timothy Duval

A chapter in Airline Economics in Asia, 2018, vol. 7, pp 145-167 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract The chapter aims to examine the interrelationships between aviation and Asian inbound tourism demand to Australia. First, the chapter introduces key factors in the economics of tourism demand and the empirical work in assessing the aviation–tourism demand relations. Based on 2005–2016 annual time series data across 12 of Australia’s main Asian markets, a dynamic panel regression model is applied to empirically examine the factors influencing tourism demand including exchange rates and disposable income. Using a generalized method of moments approach, the study accounts for the endogenous relations between levels of international air services availability (proxied by seat capacity) and tourism demand. The results suggest, on average, the generative effect of aviation exists albeit with small magnitude (0.1–0.5% increase in tourism demand per 100,000 additional seat capacity). The chapter concludes with a discussion on the shifting inbound tourism balance toward Asia and the implications for aviation policy to meet the high Asian tourism growth targets.

Keywords: Aviation; tourism demand; seat capacity; endogeneity; dynamic panel GMM; L93; Z38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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