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The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Accommodation Selection of Azorean Tourists. A Study Based on the Assessment of the Azores Population’s Attitudes

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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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Aquageo Ambiente Legal—University of Campinas, Brazil (UNICAMP), Campinas 13083-970, Brazil
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Faculty of Sciences and Technology and CEEAplA, University of Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, 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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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9990; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239990
Received: 26 October 2020 / Revised: 24 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 29 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Working during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic)
Tourists’ intentions show many changing dynamics, both in terms of destination and accommodation selection. These changes in dynamics are seasonal and significantly affected by trends. Therefore, after an infectious disease outbreak, as is the case with COVID-19 caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, these dynamics change on an entirely different level and are so far unknown. Contextual research was conducted to define and analyze the impacts of SARS-CoV-2 on Azores residents’ tourism accommodations plans in 2020 by examining their intentions. The most frequent choice was to spend 2020 vacations at the vacation residences of family or friends (24.3%), followed by approximately 20% who chose three- to four-star hotels. A considerable increase in rural tourism accommodation selection intentions was noticed, obtaining the third position with 13.7%, followed by local accommodation (guest house) with 12.1% of the selection intentions. The study concludes that there are massive consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 crisis at the level of holiday choices and social isolation concerns for this ultra-peripheral territory. View Full-Text
Keywords: accommodation preference; Azores Islands; COVID-19 crisis; regional studies; sustainable tourism accommodation preference; Azores Islands; COVID-19 crisis; regional studies; sustainable tourism
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Castanho, R.A.; Couto, G.; Pimentel, P.; Sousa, Á.; Carvalho, C.; Batista, M.d.G. The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Accommodation Selection of Azorean Tourists. A Study Based on the Assessment of the Azores Population’s Attitudes. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9990. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239990

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Castanho RA, Couto G, Pimentel P, Sousa Á, Carvalho C, Batista MdG. The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Accommodation Selection of Azorean Tourists. A Study Based on the Assessment of the Azores Population’s Attitudes. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):9990. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239990

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Castanho, Rui A., Gualter Couto, Pedro Pimentel, Áurea Sousa, Célia Carvalho, and Maria d.G. Batista. 2020. "The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Accommodation Selection of Azorean Tourists. A Study Based on the Assessment of the Azores Population’s Attitudes" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 9990. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239990

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