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The Geography of Tourism in Spain: Institutionalization and Internationalization

Salvador Anton Clavé (Rovira i Virgili University, Catalonia, Spain)

Geographies of Tourism

ISBN: 978-1-78190-212-7, eISBN: 978-1-78190-261-5

Publication date: 30 December 2013


This chapter reflects upon the trajectory of research in the geography of tourism in Spain. It begins with a review, including the evolution of the main topics present in the subdiscipline, with a special focus on developments since the 1990s. This is followed by an analysis of the current role and potential impact of academic tourism geography and a discussion on the recent growth in the publication of research results in international journals. Of importance are the institutional factors that explain the increasing recognition of research on the geography of tourism in Spain. Finally, the chapter discusses the hegemony of positivist approaches pivoting on land use, local and regional development, impact analysis, and landscape transformation, as well as the emerging links between Spanish tourism geography and the international mainstream schools of thought.



Anton Clavé, S. (2013), "The Geography of Tourism in Spain: Institutionalization and Internationalization", Geographies of Tourism (Tourism Social Science Series, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 151-177.



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