The University of Alicante (UA) is a Spanish public university located in the Valencian Community, on the Mediterranean coast. Created in 1979, it is composed of around 3.800 professors and administrative and services staff, and just over 30.000 students in official degrees. It is a multidisciplinary university, formed by six Faculties and a Higher Polytechnic School, whose principles are research, innovation, entrepreneurship and the real transfer of knowledge.
The Valencian Community is one of the main tourist destinations in Spain in number of travelers and overnight stays, and the tourism sector represents 13.2% of GDP and 14.4% of employment in that region. These data support that the UA imparts two degrees, an official postgraduate and a doctorate in tourism.
Scientific publications in high impact journals in the field of tourism place the UA in a high position in the research ranking. These include: Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Current Issues in Tourism, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management or Tourism Economics.