SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2021, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (9): 1546-1555.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2021.09.006

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The Spatial Spillover Effect of Integration Progress on Tourism Economy: A Case Study of the Yangtze River Delta Urban Agglomeration

Fang Yelin(), Cheng Xuelan(), Su Xueqing, Bao Jie   

  1. School of Business, Anhui University, Hefei 230601, Anhui, China
  • Received:2020-08-22 Revised:2020-11-25 Online:2021-09-25 Published:2021-11-17
  • Contact: Cheng Xuelan;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42171238);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41801142);Humanities and Social Sciences Key Project of Higher Education in Anhui Province, China(SK2019A0014);Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project in Anhui Province, China(AHSKQ2020D64)


Using the panel data of the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration to calculate the integration index, this article reveals the spatial spillover effect of integration process on tourism economy by means of spatial Durbin model (SDM). The main conclusions are as follows: Firstly, the spatial distribution of the integration index of the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration is unbalanced, showing a decreasing pattern from the provincial capital to the surrounding areas on the whole. Secondly, the SDM can fairly estimate the spillover effect of integration process. From the estimation results of the SDM, the integration process of the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration has a significant spillover effect on tourism economy. Every 1% increase in the process of local integration will promote the tourism economy of surrounding areas to increase by 0.575%. As far as the local effect is concerned, each dimension of integration has a significant positive impact on tourism economy, and infrastructure integration is one of the more important factors. In terms of the spillover effect, each dimension of integration on tourism economy is lower than local effect, and infrastructure integration has a certain negative impact on tourism economy of surrounding areas. Lastly, in the future, the high-quality development of tourism in the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration should not only attach importance to local integration, but also spatial spillover effect of integration, create a good surrounding environment, issue relevant policies, and strengthen regional coordination and cooperation.

Key words: integration process, tourism economy, spatial Dubin model, the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration

CLC Number: 

  • F592.99