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

George Manuel de Almeida Ramos, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal
João Luís Jesus Fernandes, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Published online: 10 Jun 2016, JTHSM, 2(1), pp. 14-21.

URN: urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-67327-7, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.376330

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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.


Low-density areas; tourism territories; geoparks

JEL Classification: 

L83, M1, Z33

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