Mass tourism is one of the most striking developments in postwar western societies, involving economic, social, cultural, and anthropological factors. For many countries it has become a significant, if not the primary, source of income for the resident population. The Mediterranean basin, which has long been a very popular destination, is explored here in the first study to scrutinize the region as a whole and over a long period of time. In particular, it investigates the area's economic and social networks directly involved in tourism, which includes examining the most popular spots that attract tourists and the crucial actors, such as hotel entrepreneurs, travel agencies, charter companies, and companies developing seaside resort networks. This important volume presents a fascinating picture of the economics of tourism in one of the world's most visited destinations.
Acknowledgements Chapter 1. IntroductionTourist Destination: Past, Present, and Future of the First Mass Tourism Resort Area Carles Manera, Luciano Segreto and Manfred Pohl Chapter 2. Flying Visits: The growth of British air package tours, 1945-75 Peter Lyth Chapter 3. The Transformation of the Economic Model of the Balearic Islands: The Pioneers of Mass Tourism Carles Manera and Jaume Garau-Taberner Chapter 4. Tourism and Business during the Twentieth Century in Greece: Continuity and Change Margarita Dritsas Chapter 5. The Development of the Portuguese Hotel Business, 1950-1995 Benedita Camara Chapter 6. Sending the Italians on holiday. The Alpitour Group Luciano Segreto Chapter 7. Rimini: a Mass Tourism Resort which based its Success on an Original Mix of Italian Style and Foreign Models Patrizia Battilani Chapter 8. The Expansion Strategies of the Majorcan Hotel Chains Antoni Serra Chapter 9. The French group Accor and tourism (since 1967): business tourism without a mass tourism strategy Hubert Bonin Chapter 10. Club Mediterranee, 1950-2002 Ellen Furlough Chapter 11. Tourism on the French Riviera Philippe Mioche Chapter 12. Tourism on the Costa del Sol Carmelo Pellejero-Martinez Notes on contributors Bibliography Index