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Spatial Econometric Research on the Impact of Transportation Infrastructure on Regional Tourism

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DOI: 10.23977/edms.2019.029


Yan Gao

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Yan Gao


The transportation infrastructure is closely related to the development of tourism. The industrial agglomeration of tourism may be due to the spatial spillover effect of transportation infrastructure. To verify this relationship, a spatial econometric model using compound economic distance was established based on the provincial panel data of China from 2007 to 2016. Specifically, this model was used to study the impact of transportation infrastructure on regional tourism. The results show: (1) There is spatial agglomeration in China's tourism industry. (2) The composite economic space weight matrix is more applicable to the study than the commonly used second-order adjacent spatial weight matrix. (3) In addition to the railway density, all influencing factors have significant impacts on regional tourism. The proportion of high-grade highways has a negative effect, and the rest have positive effects. The spatial spillover effect of highway density and high-grade highway are much smaller than their direct effects.


Transportation economy, spatial econometric model, spatial spillover effect, composite economic space weight

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