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Local Government Involvement in Small Tourism Firms Investment: The Case of Phu Tho Province, Vietnam

Vol. 11, No 2, 2018

Ho Chi Dung,

 

Vietnam National University, 

University of Economics and Business, 

Hanoi, Vietnam,

E-mail: dunghc@vnu.edu.vn

Local Government Involvement in Small Tourism Firms Investment: The Case of Phu Tho Province, Vietnam

 

Pham Thi Kim Thanh,

 

National Economics University, 

Hanoi, Vietnam, 

E-mail: thanhpham.neu@gmail.com


Dinh Van Oanh,

 

National Economics University, 

Hanoi, Vietnam, 

E-mail: dinhoanh.neu@gmail.com


Nguyen Hoai Long,

 

National Economics University, 

Hanoi, Vietnam, 

E-mail: longnguyenhoai@gmail.com


 


 

Abstract. Small tourism firms in developing countries like Vietnam have proven to be a rapidly growing sector of regional tourism industries and this sector development is being promoted as a path for enhancing local economies. However, due to  typical characteristics of tourism, it requires the government to play an active role in facilitating and promoting its development. The current literature is unclear regarding the relationship between small tourism firms and  local government involvement. Hence, this study aims to determine the local government involvement in small firms’ investment, and reports an empirical test on 209 small tourism firms in Phu Tho province, Vietnam. The results support the general hypothesis that active government involvement, both managerial and developmental, is positively related to the investment intention of small tourism firms. The research demonstrates that policy and operation implementation  along with public investment in generating local tourism demand of local government have the most robust effects on these firms’ investment decisions, among other factors.

 

Received: December, 2017

1st Revision: March, 2018

Accepted: May, 2018

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2018/11-2/7

JEL ClassificationD02, O17, P31

Keywords: local government involvement, private investment, small firms, tourism, Vietnam