Tourist Destination Management

Tourism and Culture Management
5 ECTS; 3º Ano, 2º Semestre, 30,0 T + 30,0 TP

- José Luís Sousa Soares de Oliveira Braga

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Students should be able to:
- Recognize the importance of local and regional tourist policy in the management of tourist destinations;
- Recognize the importance of tourism for the reduction of economic inequalities between regions;
- To know theories of regional development;
- Recognize the importance of European regional policy and its implications for tourism;
- Recognize the relationships of economic activities that can be generated within a region;
- Understand the interrelations between tourism, territorial differentiation and competitiveness.

1. The nature of regional disparities.
1.1. The growing importance of regions.
1.2. Definition of regions.
1.3. Demarcations of regions.
1.4. Concept of region and criteria used to define it.
2. Introduction to regional planning.
2.1. The nature of a region.
2.2. Relationship of activities within a region.
3. Regional growth and development theories.
3.1. Traditional Exogenous Neoclassical Models.
3.2. Agglomeration Models.
3.3. Endogenous Regional Growth and Development Models.
3.4. Regional Innovation Models.
3.5. Theories of RegionalLearning.
3.6. Theory of Learning Regions
4. Tourism and regional development
4.1. Concepts of tourism region and tourist destination.
4.2. Tourism and Regional Development in regional tourism development
4.3. State involvement in the development of tourism at the regional level.
4.4. Tourism, urban redevelopment and rural regeneration.
4.5. Insular Tourism Development.
4.6. Development of Tourism in Peripheral Regions.
4.7. International Regions.
5. The regional policy of the European Union.
5.1. The fundamentals of regional policy.
5.2. The problem of spatial imbalances.
5.3. Criteria and means of support.
5.4. The future of regional policy.
6. Tourism, economy and regions.
6.1. Economic aspects of tourism.
6.2. Regional Tourism Systems and Tourist Destinations
7. Innovation in Tourism and Destination Differentiation.
7.1. Regional Innovation and Tourism Systems
7.2. Innovation, Differentiation and Territory
8. Competitiveness and Sustainability in Tourism.
8.1. Competitiveness in tourism.
8.2. Tourism, territory and sustainability.
9. The Tourist Destination Life Cycle.
9.1. Origins, developments, boundaries and regions.
9.2. Applicability to southern European regions.

Evaluation Methodology
1 - Continuous assessment test - 40% of final grade (minimum mark of 7.5/20 required);
2 - Group work: Practical assignment (40%);
3 - Individual work: Worksheets in class.

- Buhalis, D. e Costa , C. e Panyik, E. (2014). European Tourism Planning and Organisation Systems: The EU Member States. Bristol: Channel View Publications
- Costa, C. e Panyik, E. e Buhalis, D. (2013). Trends in European Tourism Planning and Organisation.. Bristol: Channel View Publications
- Costa, J. e Nijkamp, P. (2009). Compêndio de Economia Regional. (Vol. 1). Cascais: Principia
- Romão, J. (2013). Turismo e Lugar: diferenciação territorial, competitividade e sustentabilidade em turismo. Lisboa : Escolar Editora

Method of interaction
Lectures and theoretical-practical classes. Lectures focus on content presentation and analysis. Theoretical-practical classes include brainstorming and debate.

Software used in class
Powerpoint 2016