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Tourist districts and internationalization of hotel firms

Bartolomé Marco-Lajara, Patrocinio del Carmen Zaragoza-Sáez, Enrique Claver-Cortés, Mercedes Úbeda-García and Francisco García-Lillo

Tourism Management, 2017, vol. 61, issue C, 451-464

Abstract: The present paper brings together two lines of research that the literature has more often than not studied separately: the generation of externalities in industrial districts; and the international strategy based on location advantages. The application of industrial district approach principles serves to identify the tourist holiday districts situated along the Spanish coastline. This is followed by an analysis of the extent to which the degree of firm agglomeration specific to each district, as well as the presence of institutions generating specific technical knowledge, influence the globalization of the tourism sector, both regarding internationalized Spanish hotel chains and foreign hotels installed in Spain.

Keywords: Tourist districts; Location advantages; Internationalization; Hotel industry; Knowledge spillovers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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