Title

“Blessing in disguise”: The impact of the Wenchuan earthquake on inbound tourist arrivals in Sichuan, China

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Publisher

Elsevier

School

School of Business and Law

Funders

Funding information available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhtm.2019.11.011

Comments

Huang, L., Yin, X., Yang, Y., Luo, M., & Huang, S. S. (2020). “Blessing in disguise”: The impact of the Wenchuan earthquake on inbound tourist arrivals in Sichuan, China. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 42, 58-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhtm.2019.11.011

Abstract

By analysing the long-term effect of the Wenchuan earthquake on inbound tourist arrivals in Sichuan, this study probes the long-term recovery of inbound tourist arrivals in disaster areas. Empirical evidence reveals the existence of a “Blessing in Disguise” effect, as the growth of overall inbound tourist arrivals to Sichuan after the earthquake has significantly increased. Moreover, we show that this “blessing in disguise” effect is a specific phenomenon, contrasting with China's overall inbound tourism during the same period. This study contributes to the overall knowledge of post-disaster tourism recovery. Managerial implications for post-disaster tourism destinations are discussed.

DOI

10.1016/j.jhtm.2019.11.011

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