Support Policy for the Tourism Business: A Comparative Case Study in Spain

The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 119-131

Posted: 18 May 2011

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David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Nuria Toledano

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Domingo Ribeiro

Independent

Date Written: January 2010

Abstract

It is now well known that service industries, and especially the tourism sector, significantly contribute to economic and social development in the European Union. Intrinsic to the growth of the tourism industry has been the public interventions that, directly or indirectly, have facilitated the development of this sector. In this context, this paper aims to contribute to the knowledge on the design and implementation process of support policies for tourism businesses in Spain, using institutional economics as the theoretical framework. Based on a comparative case study, the article shows that despite the relevance of the legal system, the most important factors for the promotion of the tourism business are the socio-cultural ones.

Keywords: support policy, tourism business, institutional economics, case study, Spain Introduction

Suggested Citation

Urbano, David and Toledano, Nuria and Ribeiro, Domingo, Support Policy for the Tourism Business: A Comparative Case Study in Spain (January 2010). The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 119-131, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1836507

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Nuria Toledano

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Domingo Ribeiro

Independent ( email )

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