# 17-052/III (2017-06-09)

Anastasios Zopiatis, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus; Christos S. Savva, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus; Neophytos Lambertides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus; Michael McAleer, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan; University of Sydney Business School; Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and Yokohama National University, Japan
Unexpected Non-macroeconomic Factors, Stock Market, Event Study, Econometric Modeling.
JEL codes:
C21, C58, G01, H12, Z32.

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the European media emphatically pronounced that billions of Euros were wiped from tourism related stocks. The theoretical relationship of the industry with such unexpected non-macro incidents received moderate academic coverage. Nevertheless, the quantifiable impact of such events on tourism-specific stock values, both in terms of returns and volatility, is still a barren landscape. Using econometric methodology, the paper investigates the reaction of five hospitality/tourism stock indices to 150 incidents depicting major Acts of Terrorism, ‘Acts of God’, and War conflicts in the 21st Century. Empirical findings underscore the effect of such incidents on hospitality/tourism stock indices, with distinctive differences among the different types, the specificities of each event, and the five regions under investigation. This paper contributes to the extant literature and enhances our conceptual capital pertaining to the industry’s current financial practices that are related to stock performance and behavior.