Mass tourism as a production system: the tourist revolution in the Mediterranean, 1949-2014


  • Carles Manera Universitat Illes Balears
  • Ramon Molina Universitat Illes Balears
  • José Pérez-Montiel Universitat Illes Balears
  • Maria Manera-Salom Universitat Illes Balears



techno-economic changes, Mediterranean area, tourism economics, economic history of tourism


This work considers different aspects related to the tourist economy and the economic history of tourism. In the first place, the scarcity of study on this important economic sector in the academic world, much more inclined to analysis of agriculture and industry rather than services, activities increasingly essential in economic structures. Secondly, the vision of mass tourism as one more piece in the globalization process, which made a decisive start in the 1950s. And, finally, an empirical focus on the Mediterranean as the epicenter of world tourism development since the late 1940s until practically the present day, based on the study of concrete indicators on the 22 countries that compose, in essence, the coast of the Mare Nostrum.


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Author Biographies

Carles Manera, Universitat Illes Balears

Departamento de Economía Aplicada

Catedrático de Historia Económica

Ramon Molina, Universitat Illes Balears

Departamento de Economía Aplicada

Profesor contratado Doctor

José Pérez-Montiel, Universitat Illes Balears

Departamento de Economía Aplicada

Becario de Investigación

Maria Manera-Salom, Universitat Illes Balears




How to Cite

Manera, Carles, Ramon Molina, José Pérez-Montiel, and Maria Manera-Salom. 2020. “Mass Tourism As a Production System: The Tourist Revolution in the Mediterranean, 1949-2014”. Revista De Historia Industrial — Industrial History Review 29 (78):155-87.