SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (10): 1717-1726.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2022.10.004

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Influence Mechanism of Information Communication Technology in the Economic Efficiency of Tourism

Yu Tingting1,2(), Zuo Bing2()   

  1. 1. College of Education for the Future, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai 519000, Guangdong, China
    2. School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2021-12-12 Revised:2022-05-24 Online:2022-10-30 Published:2022-10-20
  • Contact: Zuo Bing;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41901143)


The wide application of information technology play a very important role in tourism development, but few studies have divided it into an information infrastructure layer and an information technology consumption layer. Based on the data of the balance panel model of 31 provinces from 2005 to 2017, this article uses a DEA model to measure the economic efficiency of tourism of each research unit and uses ArcGIS spatial statistical tools to carry out spatial visualization analysis. On this basis, we further investigate the mechanism of information infrastructure, information technology consumption and control variables on the economic efficiency of tourism. The main findings are as follows: 1) The development of (In-formation Communication Technology, ICT) has not improved the economic efficiency of tourism in China as a whole, which proves the existence of the Solow Paradox and Gordon effect in the tourism sector; 2) The promotion effect of ICT on the economic efficiency of tourism mainly benefits from the drive of information infrastructure. However, the consumption of information technology has a significant restraining effect on the economic efficiency of tourism, and the main reason is the insufficient application of information technology by tourism operators. Depending on factor input and scale economy to improve the economic output and efficiency of tourism is still the main development mode of tourism in many provinces during the study period. 3) The spatial differential development of the regional economy further strengthens the spatial difference in the economic efficiency of tourism. The economic efficiency of tourism in China’s three regions still shows a gradient of East > Central > West. The spatial boundary of scale efficiency is the Hu Huanyong Line, and spatial differentiation is constantly expanding. The causes of the Solow paradox and Gordon effect in the tourism sector mainly lie in the insufficient application of information technology by tourism operators. In the western China in particular, the ability to transform modern information technology into advanced productive forces is still limited. With the rapid development and diffusion of information technology, the degree to which the tourism and information industries are integrated is increasing, and the influence of the information level on the tourism economy is gradually strengthened. Based on the research conclusions, the policy implications of this article for the development of tourism in the 3 regions are obvious. In the future, the eastern coastal region should pay attention to the technical training of practitioners, improve the absorptive capacity of knowledge and the potential energy of innovation development, and avoid the problem of technology waste in the process of enterprise operation. There is still room for improvement in scale efficiency in the central and western China. The overall tourism development efficiency of the central and western China can be improved by adjusting the industrial layout and structure and reasonably expanding the scale of the tourism industry. In particular, the western region should focus on the promotion of information technology consumption for the economic efficiency of tourism.

Key words: information infrastructure, information technology consumption, Solow Paradox, Gordon effect, China

CLC Number: 

  • F592.99