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Territorial Management and Governance, Regional Public Policies and their Relationship with Tourism. A Case Study of the Azores Autonomous Region

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School of Business and Economics and CEEAplA, University of Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
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VALORIZA-Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
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CITUR-Madeira-Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, 9000-082 Funchal-Madeira, Portugal
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Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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CINEICC-Cognitive and Behavioral Centre for Research and Intervention, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, 3000-115 Coimbra, Portugal
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Faculty of Sciences and Technology and CEEAplA, University of Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 6059; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156059
Received: 29 June 2020 / Revised: 17 July 2020 / Accepted: 21 July 2020 / Published: 28 July 2020
Bearing in mind the growth in regions with socio-economic bases dependent on tourism, studies that analyze spatial planning processes, regional public policies, and their relationship with tourism activities are essential to achieve the so-desired sustainable territorial development. Through case study research methods, territorial impact analysis, and questionnaires to explore the public perceptions, it was possible to design and implement a study regarding this specific regional governance theme on the Azores Autonomous Region (AAR). The research allowed us to learn that the most affected activities by public territorial policies in the AAR from the respondents’ perspective were accommodation (54.7%) and nature (51.9%). Conversely, the less affected were culture (15.1%) and rental/hire services (17.9). Furthermore, it was possible to identify two factors that rule public policies on the growth and development of the Azores: (i) impact in the natural landscape and (ii) suitable production factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: Azores islands; public policies; regional studies; socio-economy; sustainable development; sustainable tourism; territorial governance; urban and rural planning Azores islands; public policies; regional studies; socio-economy; sustainable development; sustainable tourism; territorial governance; urban and rural planning
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Castanho, R.A.; Couto, G.; Pimentel, P.; Carvalho, C.B.; Sousa, Á. Territorial Management and Governance, Regional Public Policies and their Relationship with Tourism. A Case Study of the Azores Autonomous Region. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6059. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156059

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Castanho RA, Couto G, Pimentel P, Carvalho CB, Sousa Á. Territorial Management and Governance, Regional Public Policies and their Relationship with Tourism. A Case Study of the Azores Autonomous Region. Sustainability. 2020; 12(15):6059. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156059

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Castanho, Rui A., Gualter Couto, Pedro Pimentel, Célia B. Carvalho, and Áurea Sousa. 2020. "Territorial Management and Governance, Regional Public Policies and their Relationship with Tourism. A Case Study of the Azores Autonomous Region" Sustainability 12, no. 15: 6059. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156059

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