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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2215; doi:10.3390/su9122215

Fostering Nautical Tourism in the Balearic Islands

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Escuela Internacional de Doctorado, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid 28933, Spain
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Escuela Universitaria de Turismo Felipe Moreno, Universitat Illes Baleares, Illes Balears 07122, Spain
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Economía Aplicada I, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid 28933, Spain
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Received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 20 November 2017 / Accepted: 27 November 2017 / Published: 30 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tourism Planning and Sustainable Development)
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The aim of this paper is to determine pillars for fostering nautical tourism based on the beliefs and attitudes that professionals in the sector have towards the particularities and difficulties that the market is going through. To achieve these goals, in-depth interviews structured around 37 questions were carried out with agents of associations and nautical firms, public institutions, and the Chamber of Commerce. The qualitative analysis program NVIVO 11 was used to analyze the content of the gathered data. The findings reveal that the main difficulties are related to normative issues and taxation, illegal supply, and a lack of definition of the nautical tourist profile. This absence of definition causes a vagueness when estimating the total number of nautical tourists that visit a destination. Thus, this affects evaluation of the economic, social, and environmental impact of nautical tourism. View Full-Text
Keywords: nautical tourism; yacht charter; nautical enterprises; Balearic Islands; taxation nautical tourism; yacht charter; nautical enterprises; Balearic Islands; taxation
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Moreno, M.J.; Otamendi, F.J. Fostering Nautical Tourism in the Balearic Islands. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2215.

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