The spatial agglomeration of museums, a case study in London

Zhang, Hongmei, Xu, FeiFei, Lu, Lin and Peng, Yu (2016) The spatial agglomeration of museums, a case study in London. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 12 (2). pp. 172-190. ISSN 1743873X

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Museums play a significant role in urban revival and the tourism development of cities. As part of the cultural industry, the spatial agglomeration of museums becomes important. However, it is an under-researched area. This research uses a combined method of Herfindahl index and Gini Coefficient to analyze the influence of four categories of factors (demand factors, traffic factors, labor cost factors and facilities factors) on the spatial distribution of museums. It uses London as a case study, discussing the spatial distribution and agglomeration of the museums in Greater London. The results prove that a museum agglomeration in Greater London does exist, which is in a distribution of a circular pattern with the city center at the core, meanwhile influenced by the Thames River. It also shows a certain degree of linear distribution of the agglomeration. The results suggest that among the four categories of influencing factors, the demand factors are the robust elements that affect museums’ spatial distribution, which is different from manufacturing and productive services industries. Implications for practice are drawn out.

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Keywords:Museum, spatial agglomeration, influencing factors, Greater London
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:33490
Deposited On:11 Oct 2018 15:15

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