Modelling the economic impact of international tourism on the Chinese economy: a CGE analysis of the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Authors: Li, S., Blake, A. and Cooper, C.

Journal: Tourism Economics

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Pages: 279-303

ISSN: 1354-8166

DOI: 10.5367/te.2011.0025

International inbound tourism to China has grown phenomenally since 1980 and the hosting of the Olympics in 2008 was an important milestone. This paper takes the first step in applying computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling to forecasting the economic contribution of tourism generated by the Beijing Olympics. CGE modelling has been widely applied to different tourism issues in many countries. In China, it has been used in fields such as taxation and international trade. However, economic impact studies on China's tourism using CGE modelling have not been found. The paper includes two types of estimations: Ex ante and expost. The ex ante estimation was conducted before the Beijing Olympics and thus predicted the impact of international tourism based on historical data, such as previous literature and historical statistics. The ex post estimation was conducted several months after the Beijing Olympics and the estimation was based on up-to-date statistics published by the China National Tourism Administration. The economic impact generated from the two types of estimations is compared. It was found that, while the economic impact of international tourism was predicted to be positive in the ex ante estimation, this impact was analysed as negative in the ex post estimation. © 2010.

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Authors: Li, S., Blake, A. and Cooper, C.

Journal: TOURISM ECONOMICS

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Pages: 279-303

ISSN: 1354-8166

DOI: 10.5367/te.2011.0025

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