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Economic performance amongst English seaside towns

Agarwal, S., Rahman, S. ORCID:, Page, S. J. and Jakes, S. (2023) Economic performance amongst English seaside towns. Current Issues in Tourism. ISSN 1368-3500

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2023.2234070


Within urban and tourism studies, although much research has focused on uneven city prosperity and competitiveness, little is known about factors influencing seaside town economic performance. We adopt a place-based approach to understand its determinants amongst 58 of England’s largest seaside towns drawing on a bespoke database. Through Partial Least Square analysis, Spearman’s Rank Correlation and general linear regression modelling for panel data with random effects, we identify the ‘leaders’ and ‘laggers’ along with a set of associated socio-economic characteristics. These insights enhance understanding of how and why economic performance differs amongst these towns. We highlight implications for addressing such socio-economic disparities across seaside towns, which has wider destination relevance, and use these findings to inform policy which seeks to raise the productivity potential of ‘lagging’ towns.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
ID Code:112592
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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