International Advances in Economic Research

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 215–225

Productivity in the tourism industry

  • Carlos P. Barros
  • Fernando P. Alves

DOI: 10.1007/BF02296216

Cite this article as:
Barros, C.P. & Alves, F.P. International Advances in Economic Research (2004) 10: 215. doi:10.1007/BF02296216


This paper analyzes the efficiency of a Portuguese public-owned hotel chain, Enatur. It applies data envelopment analysis (DEA) to estimate total factor productivity (TFP) change, while breaking it down into technical efficiency and technological change. The benchmarking procedure used is an internal one, which compares hotels with each other. For the period 1999–2001, the hotels are ranked according to their total productivity change. It is concluded that some hotels experienced productivity growth, while others faced a decline. Some implications beneficial for managerial policies were drawn from this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos P. Barros
    • 1
  • Fernando P. Alves
    • 1
  1. 1.Technical University of LisbonPortugal

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