Types of agglomeration effects and location choices of international hotels in an emerging market

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When international chain hotels are seeking new locations in which to establish new properties, local knowledge of those locations is essential for success. By incorporating agglomeration and internationalization research, this study investigates how international hotels can acquire that local knowledge from the existing hotels. The study presents two different kinds of hotel agglomerations (same-country-of-origin and higher-differentiation agglomerations) as sources of local knowledge and shows how international hotels might select their locations based on types of agglomerations and their entry strategies. The study employs conditional logistic regression, using a sample of international hotels in China. Results indicate that international hotels, especially those with franchising, are more likely to choose a location where the hotels from the same country of origin are highly located. Because they share the same culture and business practices, new hotel entrants may more easily assimilate the local knowledge that compatriot hotels have accumulated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104034
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Agglomeration
  • Emerging market
  • Entry mode
  • Internationalization
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Location strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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