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Title: Tourism Economics and Management

Organisers: Martin Falk, Sigbjørn Tveteraas, and Jinghua Xie

Affiliation: University of South-Eastern Norway, The Arctic University of Norway & University of Stavanger

Description:

This session focuses on economic and managerial aspects of tourism that are important for the Nordic countries. Topics include but are not limited to demand, supply, productivity, regulation, pricing, innovation activities and ICT, market structure, online short-term rental platforms, sustainability, climate change and more. Particularly welcome are quantitative methods such as causal methods, micro econometric methods, spatial econometric methods and marketing methods.
In recent decades, international research on tourism and hospitality has exploded, as economists and scholars in related managerial disciplines around the world have seen an opportunity to contribute to the field of tourism. New data sources (social media data) and better access to microdata as well as new methods have expanded the research opportunities.
However, this international trend is not sufficiently reflected in the research output on tourism in the Nordic context. This lack of research effort belies the potential contribution that economics and related managerial disciplines could have for tourism development. Especially in these times when sustainability issues are looming on the horizon, multidisciplinary methods and a wider range of disciplines can better contribute to find solutions. Economic models are particularly useful in informing policy and management decision makers on how to deal with challenges such as overtourism, carbon dioxide emissions, pollution and underinvestment in infrastructure.
This session invites scholars who wish to contribute to promote more quantitative research in the fields of tourism economics and management. Economics and managerial disciplines have much to offer in the increasingly complex challenges facing tourism, especially in relation to the three pillars of sustainability. In this sense, another aim of attracting more economists and researchers from other managerial disciplines to this conference is to foster more interdisciplinary research as a practical response to deal with complexities of sustainability issues and to find innovative solutions.

 

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