The effect of novel coronavirus pandemic on tourism share prices

Liew, Khim Sen (2020) The effect of novel coronavirus pandemic on tourism share prices. Journal of Tourism Futures. pp. 1-16. ISSN 2055-5911

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Purpose–This paper aims to provide swift feedback to readers and investors on the early effect of novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak on tourism industry.Design/methodology/approach–Three leading consolidators of hotel accommodations, airline tickets and travel services in the tourism industry around the globe, namely, Booking Holdings Inc., Expedia Group and Group Ltd. are chosen in this study. First, numerical description is performed on their shares prices and a set of control variables to compare their performances before and during the lock down because of COVID-19 outbreak. Next, this paper estimates ordinary least squares models with and without exponential generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedastic specification to establish the nature, significance and magnitude of the pandemic’s early effect on the shares performance of these online travel companies (OTCs).Findings–This paper discovers a rapid decline in the performance of tourism industry amid the pandemic outbreak, from the perspective of three leading OTCs, which derive their profits from tourists by providing them online hotel reservation, air-ticketing and packaged-tour business services around the globe. These significant adverse direct and indirect effects testify that tourism-related businesses are extensively locked down by the pandemic outbreak.Research limitations/implications–Future studies are encouraged to examine each of the tourism sectors for individual effects.Practical implications–This paper provides implications for investors to protect their wealth, and for policy makers to ensure sustainability of tourism industry in the pandemic outbreak and in the future.Originality/value–From the perspective of corporate finance, this paper empirically quantifies the early effect of COVID-19 on tourism industry for a quick snapshot.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COVID-19
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stock market, Tourism industry, Novel coronavirus pandemic, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 01:08
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 01:41

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