An important policy goal for governments is to increase expenditures by inbound tourists, requiring appropriate statistical analysis to correctly identify important drivers of spending. In 2014 the UK received 34.4 million visits from overseas residents, netting £5.5 billion (ONS, 2015), underscoring the importance of accurate analysis. Using hitherto underutilised data from the United Kingdom International Passenger Survey (ONS, 2015) we show that past emphasis on promoting longer tourist stays misses key factors such as reason for travel (business or leisure) mainly due to inappropriate methodologies employed previously. Our central contribution is to demonstrate that conventional use of ordinary least squares (OLS) and standard quantile regressions (QR) Koenker and Bassett (1978) can lead to incorrect inferences and suboptimal decisions in relation to expenditure promoting activities.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of Tourism Research|
|Early online date||22 Jun 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|
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- Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics - Professor of Economics and Finance
- Huddersfield Business School
- Northern Productivity Hub - Member