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Mass tourism and water efficiency in the hotel industry: A case study

Mass tourism, which has traditionally been associated with an unsustainable use of natural resources and intensive land use, is frequently identified as a major environmental stressor in coastal regions. Nonetheless, mass tourism resorts typically have a compact and vertical urban configuration and have been shown to make more efficient use of water resources than other low-density tourist destinations. This article investigates how the main variables identified by the literature as determinants of water consumption by hotels influences water efficiency in hotels in Lloret de Mar, a well-known mass tourism destination on the Costa Brava in Spain. The results of a generalized linear mixed model show that large, high-rise hotels that attract thousands of tourists annually also benefit from economies of scale in terms of water efficiency

AcknowledgementsThis study was carried out with the financial support of theSpanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through theproject “Analysis of trends and resilience strategies in use andwater consumption in tourist areas: The case of the Costa Brava”(CSO2013-41262-P)

© International Journal of Hospitality Management, 2017, vol. 61, p. 82-93

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Manager: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Espanya)
Author: Gabarda Mallorquí, Ariadna
Garcia, Xavier
Ribas Palom, Anna
Date: 2017 February
Abstract: Mass tourism, which has traditionally been associated with an unsustainable use of natural resources and intensive land use, is frequently identified as a major environmental stressor in coastal regions. Nonetheless, mass tourism resorts typically have a compact and vertical urban configuration and have been shown to make more efficient use of water resources than other low-density tourist destinations. This article investigates how the main variables identified by the literature as determinants of water consumption by hotels influences water efficiency in hotels in Lloret de Mar, a well-known mass tourism destination on the Costa Brava in Spain. The results of a generalized linear mixed model show that large, high-rise hotels that attract thousands of tourists annually also benefit from economies of scale in terms of water efficiency
AcknowledgementsThis study was carried out with the financial support of theSpanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through theproject “Analysis of trends and resilience strategies in use andwater consumption in tourist areas: The case of the Costa Brava”(CSO2013-41262-P)
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Citation: 025896
ISSN: 0278-4319 (versió paper)
1873-4693 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/13410
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: MINECO/PE 2014-2016/CSO2013-41262-P
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2016.11.006
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Is part of: © International Journal of Hospitality Management, 2017, vol. 61, p. 82-93
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Subject: Turisme -- Catalunya -- Costa Brava
Tourism -- Catalonia -- Costa Brava
Aigua -- Consum -- Catalunya -- Costa Brava
Water consumption -- Catalonia -- Costa Brava
Turisme sostenible -- Catalunya -- Costa Brava
Sustainable tourism -- Catalonia -- Costa Brava
Title: Mass tourism and water efficiency in the hotel industry: A case study
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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