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“Exclusively for the Happy Few”: Luxury Hotels and Globalisation: The Emergence of a New Sector (1980–2010)?

  • Laurent Tissot


According to many studies it seems obvious that, from the 1980s onwards, there has been a profound evolution in the concept of the luxury hotel. New clienteles have been recruited from emerging countries and have been thought to have given a new impulse to the sector disrupting, in certain ways, the rules and standards that used to be directed by the old Western elites. They have given birth to new expectations and imposed new practices. Simultaneously, new hotels were built and old ones were refurbished on the terms of types of accommodation, styles, and so on. The aim of this chapter is to question these transformations. Is it necessary to frame a new definition of luxury hotels to understand this supposed transformation? If so, what change has taken place since the 1980s?


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  • Laurent Tissot
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  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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