Tourism and Economic Globalization: An Emerging Research Agenda

Haiyan Song, Gang Li, Zheng Cao

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Globalization characterizes the economic, social, political, and cultural spheres of the modern world. Tourism has long been claimed as a crucial force shaping globalization, while in turn the developments of the tourism sector are under the influences of growing interdependence across the world. As globalization proceeds, destination countries have become more and more susceptible to local and global events. By linking the existing literature coherently, this study explores a number of themes on economic globalization in tourism. It attempts to identify the forces underpinning globalization and assess the implications on both the supply side and the demand side of the tourism sector. In view of a lack of quantitative evidence, future directions for empirical research have been suggested to investigate the interdependence of tourism demand, the convergence of tourism productivity, and the impact of global events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1011
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number8
Early online date23 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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  • Globalization
  • Economic interdependence
  • Tourism demand
  • Tourism supply


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