Title: Causal drivers of international tourism industry in Tamil Nadu: a Geweke causality analysis

Authors: Khee Giap Tan; Anuja Tandon; Teleixi Xie

Addresses: Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore ' Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore ' Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Abstract: This paper is an attempt to understand the causal development mechanisms of the international tourism sector in the State of Tamil Nadu in India. Being able to identify the factors that affect the growth of the international tourism sector would enable the local government to better facilitate the growth of the sector. To achieve this objective, we employ a novel empirical methodology using the Geweke causality framework to investigate the causal drivers of the tourism industry. Our empirical results suggest that safety, transport infrastructure as well as cleanliness, sanitation and healthcare conditions are causal factors that significantly affect the development of international tourism sector in Tamil Nadu. We also identify several key policy implications for not just the state of Tamil Nadu but also the other states with similar conditions on how to develop a robust international tourism sector.

Keywords: Geweke causality; travel and tourism; Tamil Nadu; India; competitiveness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2017.085387

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2017 Vol.15 No.1, pp.38 - 57

Received: 06 Feb 2016
Accepted: 29 Jul 2016

Published online: 18 Jul 2017 *

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