Geography of suppliers in the hospitality sector: The case of Alanya

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Gezici Korten E. F., Salihoğlu G.

Tourism Management, vol.65, pp.41-54, 2018 (SSCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: Tourism Management
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.41-54
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The hospitality sector has for some time attracted significant academic attention due to its impact on

other sectors. The aim of this paper, which falls between the tourism and economic geography fields of

interest, is to explore the demands and supplier linkages of hotels, aiming to identify not only how the

geographical distribution of suppliers is determined, but also any differences between supplier linkages

and supplier selection criteria. The results reveal that Alanya (a district of Antalya in Turkey) has a robust

network of supplier firms that is able to provide hotels with the necessary products and services, and as a

result, the contribution of hotels to the local economy in Alanya (local level), based on their purchasing

practices, can be considered high.