Chapter 6

Intermodal Competition and Tourism

Daniel Albalate; Xavier Fageda    University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


This chapter studies the impact of intermodal competition on tourism outcomes in Spain. Empirical evidence is provided about the potentially detrimental effects that high-speed rail services may have on the number of tourists, number of overnights, and average stays per tourist for the main Spanish tourist enclaves. The results show that high-speed rail lines may have a negative net effect on domestic tourism because they lead to a substantial reduction of air transportation in domestic flights that rail services are often unable to compensate for. Thus this paper highlights the fact that diversifying transportation ...

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