Tourism, Catalonia's economy main engine (1951-2010)

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This work outlines the basic dimensions of Catalonia's economic activities associated to incoming tourism from 1951 until 2010. It analyzes its characteristics from a macroeconomics perspective and with a comparative approach. It shows the transformation from the sun and beach model that defined the initiation stage of mass tourism into a much more diversified tourism destination, with an increasing relevance of the Barcelona conurbation. This transformation has provided for a positive adaptation to the segmentation experimented by international tourism demand. Foreign tourism has given Catalonia its Spanish and European leadership and it has become its main engine of economic growth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-399
JournalHistoria Contemporanea
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • Catalan economy
  • Economic growth
  • Mass tourism
  • Role of turism in regional economics
  • Tourism impact


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