Tourism territories in low density areas: The case of Naturtejo geopark in Portugal

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George Manuel de Almeida Ramos ; João Luís Jesus Fernandes (2016)
  • Publisher: Alexander Technological Institute of Thessaloniki
  • Journal: Journal of Tourism (issn: 2529-1947)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5281/zenodo.376330
  • Subject: Management. Industrial management | Marketing. Distribution of products | HD28-70 | tourism territories | Low-density areas; tourism territories; geoparks | geoparks | HF5410-5417.5 | Low-density areas

This paper aims to supply some elements regarding tourism territories’ building in low density areas, and to corroborate the creation of a specific tourism territory (the Naturtejo Geopark) by the role carried out by a new territorial actor – Naturtejo, EIM (a Portuguese geopark´s management firm) - allowing tourism activities within a territorial scope different from the traditional territorial units’ partition. The methodology applied is based on literature review and a specific case study used to show the creation of a new tourism territory. The results achieved suggest that concerted action in this new tourism territory has been producing positive effects from the supply-side point of view.
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