Seasonality in Tourism

Edited by

  • Tom Baum, Professor of International Hospitality Management, The Scottish Hotel School, University of Strathclyde.
  • Svend Lundtorp, Research Centre of Bornholm

Seasonal variation in demand is a reality for most tourism destinations. To challenge seasonality or to work within its constraints is a destination management issue that faces tourism planners throughout the world. It is an issue that is recognised particularly in regions of the extreme north or south where climate variation imposes directly on the management of tourism.

This book is the first to gather a wide range of current thinking on seasonality under one cover. It provides a balanced overview of the evidence and issues relating to tourism seasonality using European, North American and Pacific Rim cases and research evidence. The chapters, from eminent academic authors, address tourism seasonality from the point of view of – its historical context; its impact on specific sectors - accommodation, family resorts and the perceived community benefits of seasonality.

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Book information

  • Published: December 2001
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-043674-6


The authors must be congratulated by bringing together an excellent collection of studies that could be used as references or lesson drawing in various parts of the world that experience seasonality in tourism. ... [the] authors give a significant direction for future researchers o this much needed issue of dealing with seasonality both at theoretical and practical levels.
Tourism Analysis, Vol 8, No 1

Table of Contents

Contributors. Introduction (T. Baum, S. Lundtorp). Seasonality in tourism: issues and implications (R.W. Butler). Measuring tourism seasonality (S. Lundtorp). Seasonality in Irish tourism, 1973-1995 (E. Kennedy, J. Deegan). Modelling the seasonality of hotel nights in Denmark by county and nationality(N.K. Sørensen). Off-season is no season: the case of Bornholm (S. Lundtorp et al.). Long term positive adjustments to seasonality: consequences of summer tourism in the Jotunheimen area, Norway (T. Flognfeldt). An analysis of the nature, causes and marketing implications of seasonality in the occupancy performance of English hotels (D. Jeffrey, R.R.D. Barden). Extending the school holiday season: the case of Eurocamp (M. Klemm, J. Rawel). Managing seasonality in peripheral tourism regions: the case of Northland, New Zealand (J. Commons, S. Page). Seasonal visitation at Fort Edmonton Park: an empirical analysis using a leisure constraints framework (T.D. Hinch et al.). Author index. Subject index.