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Tourism has become the biggest industry in the world economy. Tourism companies operate in a fast-moving and increasingly competitive, global business setting in which the right decisions need to be taken fast. This requires solid research in all fields of management.
Our objective is to generate knowledge on the sustainable management of tourism companies, favouring interchange between all participating agents and mainly directed at innovation and internationalisation. Given the economic importance of tourism, research and innovation are increasingly essential for maintaining and improving the sector's compteititveness.

Our research priorities are the use of IT systems, the economic impact on society and within the territory, societal marketing, innovation and quality management and management indicators, always doing our best to use innovative research methodologies.

Officially recognised as an emerging group by the Government of Catalonia’s Department of Innovation, Universities and enterprise (2009).



Innovative Practices in the Spanish Hotel Industry

Professors Mar Vila and Gerard Costa present this project on innovation in the Spanish hospitality sector.

Visiting Researcher 2011-2012: Dr. Eugeni Aguiló

  • Professor of University of Illes Balears, he leaded the first and co-leaded the second "White Book of Tourism in the Balearic Islands". He also participated in the development of the "White Book of Spanish Tourism".

  • He leaded the committee of First and Second "International Conference in Tourism Economics"

  • Founder and former President of the International Association on Tourism Economics (IATE) and member of the "International Academy for the Study of Tourism" 

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