The COVID-19 pandemic and domestic travel subsidies

Toshiyuki Matsuura, Hisamitsu Saito

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The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has significantly reduced tourism demands worldwide. Employing weekly data on tourist flows between Japanese prefectures, we examine the cost-effectiveness of domestic travel subsidies. Our results provide two implications for the literature. First, we identify the underlying mechanism of tourist flows during the pandemic. In contrast to infectious diseases that have only local effects, the COVID-19 pandemic has decreased tourism demand not only to, but also from, severely affected regions, deteriorating tourism businesses even in areas not severely affected by the disease. Second, we confirm the effectiveness of a price-discount strategy in mitigating economic damage to the accommodation sector caused by the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103326
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan


  • COVID-19
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Gravity model
  • Tourism demand
  • Travel subsidy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Marketing
  • Business and International Management
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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