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Das, DiRienzo publish paper on ethno-linguistic fractionalization and tourism competitiveness

Tina Das, professor of economics, and Cassandra DiRienzo, associate professor of economics and associate dean of the Love School of Business, published a paper entitled “Tourism Competitiveness and the Role of Fractionalization.”

Dr. Tina Das (left), Dr. Cassandra DiRienzo (right)

The paper appears in the International Journal of Tourism Research, 14(3): 285-295.

Below is an abstract:

"This study explores the impact of ethno-linguistic fractionalization on tourism competitiveness. Using the 2009 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, a comprehensive measure of tourism competitiveness developed by the World Economic Forum, this study provides evidence that while ethno-linguistic fractionalization negatively impacts tourism competitiveness across nations, this effect is mitigated in wealthier countries. The results suggest that policy makers operating in less developed and more fractionalized countries should make a concerted effort to enhance economic development and strengthen the institutions, infrastructure, and overall business and economic environment needed to support and foster a successful tourism industry."

The International Journal of Tourism Research promotes and enhances research developments in the field of tourism. The journal provides an international platform for debate and dissemination of research findings whilst also facilitating the discussion of new research areas and techniques.

Nicole Filippo,
8/16/2012 11:05 AM