An Empirical Operationalization of Countries’ Destination Competitiveness Using Partial Least Squares Modeling

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dc.contributor.author Assaker, Guy
dc.contributor.author Hallak, Rob
dc.contributor.author Vinzi, Vincenzo Esposito
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T11:48:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T11:48:15Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-05-16
dc.identifier.issn 0047-2875 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3731 en_US
dc.description.abstract Growth in tourism has resulted in escalating competition among destinations. Understanding destination competitiveness and its determinant factors is thus critical to tourism researchers and policy makers. Using partial least squares path modeling (PLSPM) on a cross-sectional sample of 154 countries, this study examines relationships among destination competitiveness and its predictors, including the economy, natural environment, and infrastructure. Results indicate that the economy has a positive, indirect impact on tourism competitiveness mediated through the infrastructure and the environment; moreover, infrastructure and environment have a direct, positive impact on tourism competitiveness. PLSPM was also used to compute composite scores for overall destination competitiveness, thus assigning rankings to the 154 countries assessed. This study contributes to extant theories on destination competitiveness, presenting important implications for policymakers on how to strengthen destination competitiveness, and providing an empirically based tool to help benchmark a country’s competitiveness in relation to other destinations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title An Empirical Operationalization of Countries’ Destination Competitiveness Using Partial Least Squares Modeling en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199635060 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Hospitality Management and Marketing (HMKT) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Travel Research en_US
dc.journal.volume 53 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 26-43 en_US
dc.keywords Destination competitiveness en_US
dc.keywords Partial least squares modeling (PLSPM) en_US
dc.keywords Structural equation modeling (SEM) en_US
dc.keywords Latent variables (LVs) en_US
dc.keywords Scores en_US
dc.keywords Cause indicators en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047287513481275 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Assaker, G., Hallak, R., Vinzi, V. E., & O’Connor, P. (2013). An empirical operationalization of countries’ destination competitiveness using partial least squares modeling. Journal of Travel Research, 53(1), 26-43. en_US
dc.author.email guy.assaker@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0047287513481275 en_US

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