Supply in the Accommodation Sector

  • François Vellas
  • Lionel Bécherel


The accommodation sector is central to international tourism. Tourism flows are directly influenced by the size of this sector, by the way it adapts to demand and by the quality of the accommodation on offer. Three characteristics are associated with accommodation:
  • Seasonality Its economic activities are seasonal which implies a great flexibility in structures.

  • Manpower planning The industry is labour-intensive, which further compounds the problems caused by seasonality. It requires accurate forward planning of temporary employment.

  • Perishability Accommodation production cannot be stocked. As with transport, accommodation products that are not consumed cannot be stored for use at a future date. Non-utilisation is expensive.


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Further Reading

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© François Vellas and Lionel Bécherel 1995

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  • François Vellas
  • Lionel Bécherel

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