“Discuss the Relevance of Air Transport in the Development of Tourism with Particular Reference to Island Destinations.”

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Travel & Transportation Management: Assignment Part 2: Air Transport and Tourism Maria Vella (265990 m)

“Discuss the relevance of air transport in the development of tourism with particular reference to island destinations.”

Travel was always on the agenda of mankind but it is mainly in the last 3 decades, that travelling was organized into a structured environment setting the foundations for the development of the tourism industry. (Davies, 1964)1 There are plenty of factors that could explain this paradigm shift but the major one is transport development. Transportation links the various destinations and ferries people, goods, and services. Tourism is all about travel, and the role of transportation in its operation is vital. The improvement in the methods of transportation eventually increased the demand for travel to other parts of the world because the appropriate infrastructure was available. The advent of air travel shrunk the world in fact statistics show that the number of cross border tourists has doubled from what it used to be in the 80s and 70s. 1 Davies, R.E.G. (1964); A history of the world's airlines, Oxford U.P

Travel & Transportation Management: Assignment Part 2: Air Transport and Tourism Maria Vella (265990 m)

Air travel donated access to areas that previously were perceived as being remote and inaccessible. Additionally, air transportation has been instrumental in the

development of peripheral, remote, and insular regions, like islands, which are commonly characterised by isolations, fragility, scarcity of resources, limited labour force and transportation cost, all being competitive disadvantages (Conlin and Baum, 1995).2 Air transport has been able to facilitate tourism through offering an

affordable means of transport, whose price suites the service. Air transport has enabled people to reach their areas of choice in comfort and safety, regarded as a top priority for most tourists, ultimately enhancing the tourism...
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