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Stopover Tourism – Connecting Airlines, Airports And Tourism Organizations


  • Gabriela Tigu
  • Cristina Stoenescu


Air transportation has always been closely connected with tourism, being an important factor in its development and at the same time being influenced by its evolution. One of the important consequences of the liberalization of air transport was the development of the „hub-and-spoke” system, adopted by traditional airlines. From this angle, the number of transit passengers worldwide has increased and tourism destinations became interested in finding ways to attract them as tourists. Moreover, the liberalization of airports, followed by the new trend of undergoing commercialization and privatization processes, determined airports to concentrate on increasing their revenue from commercial activities. In order to achieve that, the satisfaction of transit passengers became an important aspect of their development strategies, focusing on improving the services offered, diversifying the activities within the airport and even creating their own tourist attractions. In this context, a new form of tourism appeared, „stopover tourism”, based on the partnership between airlines, airports and tourism organizations. This paper analyses the context which determined the development of „stopover tourism” and describes a few cases of successful „stopover” programs worldwide.

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  • Gabriela Tigu & Cristina Stoenescu, 2017. "Stopover Tourism – Connecting Airlines, Airports And Tourism Organizations," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 9(2), pages 54-58, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:journl:v:9:y:2017:i:2:p:54-58

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    Stopover; Airlines; Airports; Tourism; DMO;
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    JEL classification:

    • L93 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Air Transportation
    • Z32 - Other Special Topics - - Tourism Economics - - - Tourism and Development
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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