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Title: The price competitive position of Mediterranean countries in tourism : evidence from the Thomson brochure
Authors: Falzon, Joseph
Keywords: Tourism -- Prices
Price indexes
Package tours
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Falzon, J. (2012). The price competitive position of Mediterranean countries in tourism: evidence from the Thomson brochure. Tourism Management, 33(5), 1080-1092.
Abstract: Tourism in the Mediterranean region is highly dependent on the few, large, mass market tour operators situated in the North European tourist originating countries. Price competition is intense both between the tour operators and between the Mediterranean countries themselves. This paper uses the hotel package prices listed in the Thomson summer and winter brochures to develop relative price indexes of each Mediterranean country with respect to the Mediterranean average. Indexes are developed in the 3 star, 4 star, 5 star, 7 nights and 14 nights, half-board holiday packages. The prices in the Thomson brochure can be regarded as a unified, internally consistent, set of price data, compiled by the largest UK tour operator and offered to UK tourists desiring a Thomson summer holiday. The change through time of the competitive relative price ranking of hotels, regions and countries listed in the Thomson brochure, may be regarded as an important competitive indicator by industry operators and national policy makers concerned about tourism development.
ISSN: 10.1016/j.tourman.2011.12.004
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