- Cláudia Ribeiro de Almeida, University of Algarve, School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, Portugal
Title: Low-Cost Carriers' Impact on Tourism in the Algarve
Abstract: The Algarve is an important tourism destination in southern Portugal. Since 1997, the Algarve has received low-cost carriers that have changed the tourism paradigm of the region. In 2010, Ryanair opened their operational base at Faro Airport, which led to the development of new routes and an increase in traffic.
In 2018, 8.6 million passengers arrived at Faro Airport, with Ryanair and EasyJet being the two main airlines that together have a share of around 45% of all passengers. New routes and frequencies allow the attraction of new types of tourists with a new profile who value direct flights. One type is the residential tourist, who seeks mature tourism destinations, good accessibility (mainly the ones related to direct flights from home), good weather and above all destinations that have a good selection of accommodation, attractions and cultural events.
In this presentation, we are going to cover all the changes that have taken place in the Algarve since low-cost carriers began operating there, using as the case study the French market that has grown in recent years as a result of the demand for second homes.
Short bio: Cláudia Ribeiro de Almeida has been a Professor at the University of the Algarve since 1996. She took her PhD in Tourism in 2009 on "Airports and Residential Tourism". She is the Tourism Course Director at the University of the Algarve and is a researcher at CinTurs - Research Center for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being, where she leads some Med Projects related to seasonality in tourism destinations and airport strategies.
She is the author of several articles about air transport; airlines; tourism and residential tourism and she has been a keynote speaker at several international and national conferences. Her research interests include the dynamics of air transport and tourism destinations; airport management; residential tourism; culinary and gastronomy tourism.