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A Methodology for the Identification and Assessment of the Conditions for the Practice of Outdoor and Sport Tourism-Related Activities: The Case of Northern Portugal

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Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, UNIAG, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
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Escola Superior Agrária de Ponte de Lima, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Polytechnic Institute of Porto, UNIAG, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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School of Technology and Management (Águeda), University of Aveiro, GOVCOPP, R. Cmte. Pinho e Freitas 5, 3750-127 Águeda, Portugal
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Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Célia M.Q. Ramos and Cláudia Ribeiro De Almeida
Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7343; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137343
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 21 June 2021 / Accepted: 23 June 2021 / Published: 30 June 2021
Tourists’ demand for outdoor sport-related activities has been growing in the last decade, leading to the recognition of the outdoor tourism potential of the development of rural and urban areas where the activities could take place. While the literature has recognized this potential, its features and the existing conditions for its practice are often not fully comprehended, mainly due to the lack of measurement systems and performance indicators. This study addresses this gap by proposing a wide-ranging assessment matrix of nine outdoor-related activities, employing northern Portugal as a study area. Based on an exploratory qualitative analysis employing semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders (public, private and third sector), the main contribution of this study lies in the development of the outdoor tourism assessment matrix (OTAM) to collect data. The OTAM matrix aims to identify and assess the conditions, namely the infrastructure and resources, for the practice of outdoor and sport tourism-related activities within the sustainable development pillars. The nine matrices comprising the OTAM allow the identification of the places where the outdoor activities can be practiced, and the conditions under which they can contribute to the definition of the development strategies of outdoor tourism. View Full-Text
Keywords: outdoor sport-related activities; outdoor tourism; assessment matrix; sports tourism; strategic planning outdoor sport-related activities; outdoor tourism; assessment matrix; sports tourism; strategic planning
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Silva, G.; Correia, A.; Rachão, S.; Nunes, A.; Vieira, E.; Santos, S.; Soares, L.; Fonseca, M.; Ferreira, F.A.; Veloso, C.M.; Carrança, P.; Fernandes, P.O. A Methodology for the Identification and Assessment of the Conditions for the Practice of Outdoor and Sport Tourism-Related Activities: The Case of Northern Portugal. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137343

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Silva G, Correia A, Rachão S, Nunes A, Vieira E, Santos S, Soares L, Fonseca M, Ferreira FA, Veloso CM, Carrança P, Fernandes PO. A Methodology for the Identification and Assessment of the Conditions for the Practice of Outdoor and Sport Tourism-Related Activities: The Case of Northern Portugal. Sustainability. 2021; 13(13):7343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137343

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Silva, Goretti, Alexandra Correia, Susana Rachão, Alcina Nunes, Elvira Vieira, Sónia Santos, Luís Soares, Manuel Fonseca, Fernanda A. Ferreira, Cláudia M. Veloso, Paulo Carrança, and Paula O. Fernandes 2021. "A Methodology for the Identification and Assessment of the Conditions for the Practice of Outdoor and Sport Tourism-Related Activities: The Case of Northern Portugal" Sustainability 13, no. 13: 7343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137343

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