Prof. Dr. Salvador Anton Clavé


Principal researcher of the Research Group on Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies (GRATET).

Department of Geography, Faculty of Tourism & Geography, Rovira i VirgiliUniversity.


Salvador Anton Clavé  is a Full Professor of Regional Geographical Analysis at the Rovira i Virgili University, Catalonia (Spain) and Visiting Research Scholar at the International Institute of Tourism Studies at the George Washington University (USA). He currently serves as Director of the Doctoral Program in Tourism and Leisure at the Rovira i Virgili University where he is also the Principal Researcher of the Research Group of Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies. He is the Director of Research at the Science and Technology Park for Tourism and Leisure of Catalonia. He has served as director/dean of the Tourism and Leisure School/Faculty of Tourism and Geography at the Rovira i Virgili University between 2002 and 2012. His research concentrates on analysis of the evolution of tourist destinations, urban and regional tourism planning, theme parks development and globalization, tourism and ICT and issues concerning tourism policies and local development from an evolutionary approach. He has published in journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, European Urban and Regional Studies, Tourism Geographies, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, Leisure and Society, Journal of Air Transport Management, Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles, Estudios y Perspectivas en Turismo, Documents d’Anàlisi Geogràfica, Papeles de Economía Española, Cuadernos de Turismo, Estudios Turísticos or Mediterranée and among his most relevant major publications are his books entitled The Global Theme Park Industry (CABI, 2007) Análisis Territorial del Turismo y Planificación de Destinos Turísticos (Tirant lo Blanch, 2011, co-authored with JF. Vera, F. López and M. Marchena), Geographies of Tourism: European Research Perspectives (Emerald, 2013, co-edited with J. Wilson) and Tourism Destination Evolution (Routledge, 2016, co-edited with P. Brouder, A. Gill and D. Ioannides). He has been invited as a guest lecturer to conduct seminars or lectures in more than 15 countries worldwide. He has extensive previous experience in coordinating national funded research plans and holds participation in European Union academic programs and in knowledge transfer projects funded by European Regional Funds.