Residents’ attitudes towards nightlife supply: A comparison of Ibiza (Spain) and Punta del Este (Uruguay)


  • José Ramón-Cardona Ibiza Island Council University College of Tourism, University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). C/ Bes, no 9. 07800 Ibiza, Spain. e-mail:
  • Daniel Álvarez-Bassi Marketing and Tourism Research Center (Faculty of Business), Catholic University of Uruguay (Uruguay). Av. Roosevelt y Florencia, stop 7 & 1/2, CP 20100 Punta del Este, Uruguay. e-mail:
  • María Dolores Sánchez-Fernández Department of Business (Faculty of Economics and Business), University of A Coruña (Spain). Campus de Elviña, s/n, 15071 Galicia, Spain. Telf: (+34) 881012565 e-mail:



Nightlife; Ibiza; Punta del Este; cluster analysis; residents’ attitudes


In coastal tourist destinations, there is nightlife, in addition to daytime leisure. For tourism development, it is of great relevance to take into account the resident population and their attitudes. In this paper, a comparison is made between Ibiza (Spain) and Punta del Este (Uruguay) in relation to the residents’ attitudes towards nightlife. Specifically, the comparison is made by a descending cluster analysis, generating four groups of residents according to their attitudes (Enthusiasts, Moderates, Critics, and Negatives), and the distribution of these groups in the two regions is then compared. The most notable result is that the degree of acceptance of nightlife is low in both cases, possibly due to the problems attributed to it, but the score is slightly higher in the case of Punta del Este. In addition, the profile of those opposed to nightlife is different: In Ibiza, Critics predominate, with a generally contrary response, but recognizing positive elements, whilst in Punta del Este, Negatives predominate, with systematically negative responses to all items.




How to Cite

Ramón-Cardona, J. ., Álvarez-Bassi, D., & María Dolores Sánchez-Fernández, M. (2021). Residents’ attitudes towards nightlife supply: A comparison of Ibiza (Spain) and Punta del Este (Uruguay). European Journal of Tourism Research, 29, 2914.