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The impact of integration policies on tourism industry convergence in the Yangtze River Delta: theoretical mechanism and empirical test

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This article discusses the influence of integration policies on tourism industry convergence in the Yangtze River Delta based on data from 2011 to 2018. The spatial econometric test indicates that tourism industry development had a positive spatial spillover effect and a strong self-reinforcing effect. The tourism industry demonstrated significant characteristics of \(\beta\) convergence and club convergence. The nonlinear time-varying factor model logt test shows that Shanghai and some important tourism cities were in high level convergence clubs, whereas most cities of Anhui Province were in the bottom of the club. The influence mechanism test based on the intermediary effect shows that the integration policies issued by the Yangtze River Delta City Economic Coordination Conference and the Yangtze River Delta Tourism Cooperation Joint Meeting could promote the tourism industry convergence by improving government administrative efficiency, optimizing public resource redistribution, and increasing market potential. The effect of the policies depended on the size of city.

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This work was supported by the Anhui Province Social Science Innovation and Development Research Project "Integrated Development Strategy and Major Measures for the Integration of Culture and Tourism in the Yangtze River Delta": [Grant Number 2020CX108].

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Tang, R. The impact of integration policies on tourism industry convergence in the Yangtze River Delta: theoretical mechanism and empirical test. Lett Spat Resour Sci 14, 141–167 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12076-021-00270-9

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Keywords

  • Tourism industry convergence
  • Integration policies
  • The Yangtze River Delta
  • Club convergence
  • Influence mechanism

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  • R580
  • Z320