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2015, vol. 43, iss. 3, pp. 159-170
The contribution of tourism industry on the GDP growth of Western Balkan countries
aUniversity Singidunum, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Belgrade, Serbia
bUniversity Singidunum, Faculty of Business Economics, Belgrade, Serbia
Tourism industry records various economic, social, political and others influences and provides itself important position in the overall economic development of many countries. The analysis of the available data of tourist arrivals and number of tourist overnight stays in observed countries of the Western Balkans (Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro) led us to conduct research in order to determine tourism contribution to the overall economic growth. Based on the modified methodology used by Brida et al. (2008) for calculating real GDP growth rates and tourism contribution to the overall economic growth, the paper indicates that tourism makes a modest direct contribution to the overall economic growth in the examined countries, regardless of the continuous increase in the number of foreign tourist arrivals. The level of tourism contribution to the overall economic growth varies and it is primarily related to diversity and quality of supply (the highest contribution is recorded in Montenegro, while lowest contribution is observed in Macedonia).
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article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/industrija43-9002
published in SCIndeks: 14/12/2015
peer review method: double-blind

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