Dangerous Models: Three Rival Models for Determining the Optimal Mix of Tourists, with an Application to Greece

27 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2019

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Emmanouil Platanakis

University of Bath - School of Management

Charles Sutcliffe

University of Reading - ICMA Centre

Date Written: December 10, 2019

Abstract

Tourism has a considerable economic effect on the host country; and setting the proportions of different types of tourist is an important dimension of host country tourism policy. We investigate three rival portfolio models that have been used to set policy targets for the proportions of different types of tourist - two versions of a levels model and a growth rates (or Markowitz) model. Using a case study of Greece, we show that by altering its tourist mix, Greece could reduce risk by 26%, with unchanged income. It also shows that the first levels model is superior, and policy makers should not use the other two models as their recommendations are potentially misleading, unclear, self-contradictory and impossible to implement.

Keywords: Tourism, portfolio models, diversification, nationalities, Greece

JEL Classification: G11, Z3

Suggested Citation

Platanakis, Emmanouil and Sutcliffe, Charles M., Dangerous Models: Three Rival Models for Determining the Optimal Mix of Tourists, with an Application to Greece (December 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3501743 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3501743

Emmanouil Platanakis (Contact Author)

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Charles M. Sutcliffe

University of Reading - ICMA Centre ( email )

Whiteknights Park
P.O. Box 242
Reading RG6 6BA
United Kingdom

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