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“NOW HAWAII IS ONLY HOURS AWAY!:” THE AIRLINES ALTER TOURISM

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Author(s): Douglas Karsner

Journal: Essays in Economic & Business History
ISSN 0896-226X

Volume: 17;
Issue: 1;
Date: 1999;
Original page

ABSTRACT
This article examines how commercial aviation influenced the nature of tourism between 1945 and 1970. Long-term trends such as rising real income, education levels, and leisure time, combined with postwar, airline-initiated developments, such as coach class service and credit plans, to transform pleasure travel for millions of Americans. The most significant changes include the emergence of a large middle class tourist market, and a growing preference for planes over ships and trains for long distance trips.
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