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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 101; doi:10.3390/su10010101

Oleotourism as a Sustainable Product: An Analysis of Its Demand in the South of Spain (Andalusia)

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Department of Quantitative Methods, Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Escritor Castilla Aguayo 4, 14004 Cordoba, Spain
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Department of Economic Analysis and Political Economy, Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences, Universidad de Sevilla, Ramon y Cajal 1, 41018 Seville, Spain
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Vicerrectoría de Investigación y Postgrado. Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Pedro de Valdivia 425, Providencia, 7500912 Santiago, Chile
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Received: 17 November 2017 / Revised: 22 December 2017 / Accepted: 1 January 2018 / Published: 3 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Developing Tourism in Rural and Agricultural Regions)
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Abstract

Olive oil has generated a new tourism offer in Spain called oleotourism. Visitors can enjoy landscapes of ancient olive groves and visit its oil mills called almazaras, to learn about its manufacture and to taste different oil varieties. Andalusia, located in the south of Spain, produces 60% of Spain’s olive oil, having the largest number of almazaras, and therefore most oleotourism offers. This differentiated tourism offer requires identifying the profile of oleotourists to determine sustainable strategies to increase demand without harming the local community. The objective of this study is to identify the Andalusian oleotourism offer according to the profile of oleotourists and project its demand evolution, in order to offer a sustainable product best suited to the demand. With this aim, three techniques are applied in this study: a random survey addressed to oleotourists in Andalusia, a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the oleotourism sector in the region, and finally, its demand is projected by using the ARIMA (autoregressive integrated moving average) model. The results indicate a favorable future scenario that should induce entrepreneurs and local authorities to invest in promoting and developing a product. Oleotourism is an alternative that can serve as a complement to agricultural income and generate employment. View Full-Text
Keywords: olive oil tourism; oleotourism; Andalusia; SWOT analysis; ARIMA; Protected Designation of Origin; gastronomic tourism; tourist perception olive oil tourism; oleotourism; Andalusia; SWOT analysis; ARIMA; Protected Designation of Origin; gastronomic tourism; tourist perception
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Millán, M.G.; Pablo-Romero, M.P.; Sánchez-Rivas, J. Oleotourism as a Sustainable Product: An Analysis of Its Demand in the South of Spain (Andalusia). Sustainability 2018, 10, 101.

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