The impact of infectious diseases on hotel occupancy rate based on independent component analysis

Edmond H.C. Wu, Chun Hung Roberts Law, B. Jiang Brianda

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The recent global outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1), or the more commonly known as swine flu, has negatively affected the tourism and hospitality industries in many countries. This article reports a study that applied independent component analysis, a novel statistical technique, to separate the dominant factors which determine the levels of hotel occupancy rates in Hong Kong. Empirical findings would provide useful insights on how the dynamic lodging demand reacts to epidemics based on the severity and duration of the events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-753
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Hotel occupancy rate
  • Independent component analysis
  • Infectious diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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