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Original scientific paper

Tourism Growth and Economic Development: Academic and Non-Academic Perspectives

José F. Perles-Ribes orcid id ; Department of Applied Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences, University of Alicante, Spain *
Luis Moreno-Izquierdo ; Innovation and Artificial Economics Research Group, University of Alicante, Spain
Ana Ramón-Rodríguez ; Tourism Economy, Natural Resources, and New Technologies Research Group, University of Alicante, Spain
Agustina Romero ; Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas, National University of La Plata, Argentina

* Corresponding author.

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This article explores the complex relationship between tourism growth and economic development from academic and non-academic perspectives. The former mainly highlights the positive influence of tourism while recognizing biases and limitations that may arise from using different methodologies, variables, or temporary scenarios in research. However, non-academic stakeholders, such as the media and politicians, offer unverified and biased opinions that can influence public perceptions and lead to failed investments. This article provides recommendations to foster a balanced conversation between the two perspectives, with a broader dissemination of academic results and a recognition of the difficulties in analyzing the relationship between tourism and economic development, such as the mobility of stakeholders.


tourism industry, economic development, stakeholders, mobility, methodologies

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