nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2013‒01‒12
two papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Suburban hotels and the atomization of tourist space in large cities: the case of Rome By Filippo Celata
  2. The geography of European low-cost airline networks: A contemporary analysis By Frédéric Dobruszkes

  1. By: Filippo Celata (Department of Metodi e modelli per l'economia, il territorio e la finanza MEMOTEF - Sapienza University of Rome (Italy))
    Abstract: Drawing on theoretical and empirical studies on hotel location, as well as on enquires into the specificities of contemporary suburbanization, the article investigates the drives, directions and consequences of the dispersal of hotels into the suburban areas of large historic cities, with an illustration of the case of Rome. The attractiveness of suburban tourism for both private investors and planning authorities - it is argued - is not simply a response to the congestion of city centres, but is constructed upon more general changes in the spatiality of urban tourism. The spread of suburban hotels exemplifies an atomization of the tourist city and it is an excellent indicator of the changing sociofunctional relations between the hospitality system and the city, the different role of accessibility and of agglomeration economies, the transformation of tourists’ experience of cities in an age of global suburbanization.
    Keywords: urban tourism, hotel location, suburbanization, urban planning, Rome (Italy)
    JEL: L83 R12 R33 R58 N94 L83 R12 R33 R58 N94
  2. By: Frédéric Dobruszkes
    Abstract: Low-cost airlines (LCAs) have become essential actors supplying nationwide and continental air services.This paper focuses on the European case and investigates how the LCA spatial strategy hasevolved since the last available comprehensive analysis in 2004. Using comprehensive data, the analysisis conducted at three levels: global, cities and networks. It shows that LCAs now represent 31% ofintra-European airline seats. Although LCA business has expanded to Central-East Europe, Morocco,and a few remote areas, it remains mainly focused on the intra-Western market. In general, LCAs servelarge cities and tourist destinations. The use of secondary, regional airports is put into perspective. Servicevolatility is low at the city level but significant at the inter-city level. Average distance hasincreased, but most flights are short-haul. LCAs play an important role in launching new routes, thusdiversifying the European airline network, and in increasing frontal competition with traditional airlineson pre-existing routes. The niche markets are common in terms of routes but are rather limitedin terms of seats supplied. Actually, the main specificity of the largest LCAs is the provision of flightsthat do not serve the home country. A typology of networks demonstrates that there is no a singleEuropean low-cost model.
    Keywords: Low-cost airlines; Low-fare airlines; No-frills airlines; Air transport; Airline networks; Europe
    Date: 2013

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