Modelling the determinants of birth tourism demand: a time series analysis


Solarin, Sakiru Adebola and Bello, Mufutau Opeyemi and Lasisi, Taiwo Temitope and Bekun, Festus Victor (2024) Modelling the determinants of birth tourism demand: a time series analysis. Current Issues in Tourism. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1368-3500; eISSN: 1747-7603

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Birth tourism has been steadily rising in recent years as potential mothers travel across borders with the main purpose of giving birth. However, the economic reasons behind this form of tourism have not been adequately examined in the existing literature. This study explores the determinants of birth tourism by incorporating factors such as the average income of visitors, price level, exchange rate, and infant mortality while accounting for the potential impact of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2005 in New Zealand. The variables have been introduced into the model using a standard tourism demand framework and a new dynamic autoregressive distributed lag method has been used in the study. Ultimately, rising income of visitors and exchange rate are reported to boost birth tourism while rising price reduces birth tourism. The result also shows that the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2005 has no significant effect on birth tourism, which implies that monetary and financial considerations such as the income of tourists, price level, and exchange are the most important drivers of birth tourism in New Zealand.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Birth tourism; tourism demand model; Citizenship Amendment Act; New Zealand; dynamic autoregressive distributed lag
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD9000-9999 Special industries and trades
Divisions: Faculty of Business (FOB)
Depositing User: Ms Nurul Iqtiani Ahmad
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2024 01:20
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2024 01:20


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