Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2022, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (6): 1037-1047.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2022.06.009

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The Effects of Tourism Industry Agglomeration on Tourism Environmental Carrying Capacity: Evidence from a Panel Threshold Model

LIU Jia1,2,*(), LI Jing1, AN Keke1   

  1. 1. School of Management, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong 266100, China
    2. Institute of Marine Development, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong 266100, China
  • Received:2021-10-15 Accepted:2022-05-30 Online:2022-11-30 Published:2022-10-12
  • Contact: LIU Jia
  • Supported by:
    The National Social Science Fund Project of China(21BGL021);The National Social Science Fund Project of China(19BGL138);The Macro Decision-making Projects on Culture and Tourism of China Tourism Academy(2021HGJCG04);The Natural Science Planning Project in Shandong Province(ZR202102200015)

Abstract:

By utilizing the panel data of 26 cities in the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration of China from 2000 to 2018, this study constructs a panel threshold model to examine the nonlinear relationship between Tourism Environmental Carrying Capacity (TECC) and Tourism Industry Agglomeration (TIA). TECC is evaluated based on the Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) model, and TIA is estimated by the location quotient index. The analysis reveals that TIA and TECC both show growth trends and significant regional differences among the 26 cities, but the latter fluctuates at certain stages. Moreover, TIA has a significant double threshold effect on TECC, which shows that the positive impact of TIA is enhanced initially but then weakens afterwards. Theoretically, this study contributes to enriching the current literature on TECC from the perspective of TIA. Practically, it could help local governments effectively arrange agglomerations to promote the sustainable development of the tourism industry in China.

Key words: tourism environmental carrying capacity, tourism industry agglomeration, panel threshold effect, Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration of China