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The Impact of the Post-Liberalisation Growth of LCCs on the Tourism Trends in Spain

  • Eugeni Aguiló


    (Universitat de les Illes Balears)

  • Belen Rey


    (Complutense University of Madrid)

  • Jaume Rosselló


    (Universitat de les Illes Balears)

  • Catalina M. Torres


    (Universitat de les Illes Balears)

This paper describes the basic characteristics of low cost companies (LCCs) and their expansion in Spain, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world according to the World Tourism Organization. Using a demand perspective, the evolution of LCCs and the main implications for the tourism marked between 2000 and 2005 are analysed. The evident tendency of Low-Cost companies towards a marked growth in the number of passengers is contrasted with the evident stagnation of traditional or full service companies. The results of the analysis also show that highly significant trends related to the development of LCCs include the growing use of the Internet as an information search engine and tool for booking and paying for tourist services, the substitution of traditional holiday packages (travel and transport) for direct booking systems and a reduction in the length of stays at a destination.

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Article provided by SIPI Spa in its journal Rivista di Politica Economica.

Volume (Year): 97 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (January-February)
Pages: 39-60

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Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:97:y:2007:i:1:p:39-60
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