Economic significance of high-value tourists

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Vu, Jo and Turner, Lindsay W (2008) Economic significance of high-value tourists. International review of business research papers, 4 (1). pp. 189-206. ISSN 1832-9543


International tourism has grown significantly in the past decade. As one of the largest sectors in the global economy, international tourism receipts reached US$622 billion in 2004 and are growing at an annual rate of 5.9%. This study examines international tourist arrivals into Hong Kong and Thailand at different periods, in an attempt to discriminate between tourists based on their potential value to the regional economy, using characteristics of the tourist population including gender, age and type of travel. A method of identifying highvalue tourists is presented here. Discriminant analysis is then used to predict which markets are of greatest economic return for Hong Kong and Thailand in the future. The significance of the research lies in the potential to refine target marketing to increase tourist returns..

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > SEO Classification > 9003 Tourism
Keywords ResPubID15630. tourism, tourists, high-value tourists, international tourism, regional economy, regional economics, economic forecasting, target marketing, Hong Kong, Thailand, Thai
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