nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2011‒04‒09
two papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. El turismo, motor fundamental de la economía de Cataluña (1951-2010) By Jordi Maluquer de Motes
  2. Second Homes and the Need for Policy Planning By Brida, Juan Gabriel; Osti, Linda; Santifaller, Esther

  1. By: Jordi Maluquer de Motes (Departament d'Economia i d'Història Econòmica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
    Abstract: This work outlines the basic dimensions of Catalonia’s economic activities associated to incoming tourism from 1951 until 2010. It analyzes its characteristics from a macroeconomics perspective and with a comparative approach. It shows the transformation from the sun and beach model that defined the initiation stage of mass tourism into a much more diversified tourism destination, with an increasing relevance of the Barcelona conurbation. This transformation has provided for a positive adaptation to the segmentation experimented by international tourism demand. Foreign tourism has given Catalonia its Spanish and European leadership and it has become its main engine of economic growth.
    Keywords: Catalan Economy, Economic Growth, Mass Tourism, Role of Tourism in Regional Economies, Tourism Impact, Economía Catalana, Crecimiento Económico, Turismo de Masas, Función del Turismo en las Economías Regionales, Impacto del Turismo
    Date: 2011–03
  2. By: Brida, Juan Gabriel; Osti, Linda; Santifaller, Esther
    Abstract: For years second home tourism has been an issue of discussion between tourist experts, real estate agents and politicians in both Mediterranean countries and Alpine destinations, however it has not raised much concern in academic circles. The aim of this paper is to analyze the second home phenomenon in order to acquire a better understanding of the overall situation and give an insight into the aspects and needs for policy planning. For this purpose South Tyrol has been taken as a case study, and a comprehensive overview of the situation has been determined through both quantitative and qualitative investigation on opinions and attitudes of second home owners, local residents, politicians, real estate agents. The outcome of this paper is a holistic picture of the phenomenon, which examines the positive and negative impacts and shows the need for public regulation through land use planning.
    Keywords: Second Homes; Policy Planning; Economic Impacts; Tourism Development
    JEL: O1 M1 L83
    Date: 2011–04–15

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