Calado, Luísa; Rodrigues, Ana; Silveira, Paulo; Dentinho, Tomaz
This paper aims at presenting a possible approach to identify the best sites
for rural tourism and also to analyze the synergies between agriculture and cultural heritage
in Azores, in order to be incorporated in the full range of management concerns into private
and public decision‑making.
The following territorial aptitudes for alternative were used
to simulate this exercise: urban, touristic, horticulture, agricultural, cattle and forestry. Soil
potential was defined in a number of classes from I to VII. The best hypothetical sites for
rural tourism were defined using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Rodríguez Campo, Lorena; Fraiz Brea, José Antonio; Rodríguez-Toubes Muñiz, Diego
The image formed by the movie industry often represents an added value for
certain destinations because it works as a real tool for promotion at an international level and
as a factor that induces travel. The representations and images of tourist destinations developed
through the mass media, such as cinema, television and literature play a truly significant
role which influences in the process of vacation spot decision. These media are very influential
in promoting, confirming and reinforcing images, opinions and the destination identity,
and play an outstanding role in the image construction of tourist destinations. In other words,
the way in which the destination is represented in...
Castro, Belén; Iglesias, Montserrat; Piñeira, María José; Paül, Valerià
Benchmarking could be defined as the systematic process of identifying, comparing
and learning from the best practices or successful experiences of a particular sector
in diverse geographical areas by disaggregating and analysing in an orderly manner the set
of factors that condition their success. The outcome of this process helps improve key processes
of a sector or adapt those practices that after a long search have been proven successful,
to other areas. This study has gathered, in an orderly and synthetic manner, diverse successful
experiences that guarantee a sustainable model for tourism from a social, environmental and
economic point of view. These experiences fall under four types...
The Portuguese tourism distribution recognizes in the digital economy drivers - based on e-business,
collaborative networks and information exchange - an incentive to productivity
and rendibility, leading to sustainable competitive advantages. Travel agencies live
currently in a Darwinian business-oriented environment, where only resilient entrepreneurs
are able to survive. This framing allows the genesis of a new theoretical archetype of travel
agencies, the “TEEM - Travel Experience Ecosystem Model” observing several organizational
strategies and concepts, such as Resilient Virtual Organizations, Digital Customer Ecosystems,
Collaborative Value Chain and Co-Creation travel experiences, as well as new types of Open
Source Innovation trough Social Web.
Andrade Suárez, María José
In a context of intense competition among tourist destinations, the perceived
image is key and plays, in turn, a key role in the choice of destination, as the values associated
to it represent a decisive factor in the purchase decision process by potential tourists. In this
context, many researchers agree that the image is usually formed by two main forces: stimulus
or external factors and internal personal factors. The former refer to the number and nature
of sources of information to which individuals are exposed. The latter include motivations,
demographic characteristics and the geographical and cultural background of tourists. The
aim of this paper is, therefore, to...
Surugiu, Camelia; Surugiu, Marius-Razvan; Frent, Cristi; Breda, Zélia
Climate change represents a real threat for the winter sport resorts, especially
those situated at low altitudes and without any diversification of the tourism product. Mountain
tourism represents a real attraction for the holidays and for short weekends being mostly
visited by tourists in summer and winter season, which make them more vulnerable to the
lack of snow in the cold season, floods, storms or even heat waves. This paper has two main
objectives, firstly to measure the impact of the climate change on tourism demand for Romanian
mountain tourism, and secondly to identify sustainable solutions for adaptation of
vulnerable mountain resorts, such as Sinaia, one of...
Small remote island economies are known to face a number of economic challenges,
particularly, in their trade relations. This paper investigates the impact of remoteness
and islandness on tourism performance. Remote islands are found to be well‑endowed
and scenery. The empirical results show that nature positively impacts tourism performance
(revealed comparative advantage) and tourism demand. Interestingly, while being distant
is detrimental to tourism performance, being both an island and remote is favourable.
Tourism demand is negatively affected by being an island, a small country, or a remote country
but favoured by being a small or a remote island.
Dias, Francisco; Marques, Maria Isabel; Bachimon, Philippe