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Stakeholders’ Participation in Sustainable Tourism Planning for a Rural Region: Extremadura Case Study (Spain)

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Department of Business and Sociology, Universidad de Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Department of Art and Land Sciences, Universidad de Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Land 2021, 10(6), 553; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060553
Received: 14 April 2021 / Revised: 15 May 2021 / Accepted: 20 May 2021 / Published: 24 May 2021
The objective of this research is to obtain and analyze discursive information on the problems and solutions of the tourism sector in an eminently rural region, such as Extremadura, based on the opinions of stakeholders, in order to incorporate them into the evaluation and tourism planning of the region. More specifically, on the situation of the sector, perceptions on profitability and return on investment, the problem of overnight stays, and coordination between tourism agents and training demands, in order to make a sustainable tourism sector in a rural region. The research starts from the following premise: for tourism to be sustainable, stakeholders must participate in the strategic decision-making process. This paper aims, on the one hand, to clarify sufficiently the state of the art regarding the validity of focus groups and their analysis as a research methodology, explaining how to address the main challenges implied by this technique by reviewing a selection of research works that we consider relevant in this field. On the other hand, an analysis of the tourism sector in Extremadura is carried out based on these group dynamics. The main result, after analyzing the discourse of six focus groups, is that the different opinions of their members reveal, despite everything, that the training of human capital in the tourism sector in rural environments is a pending issue. View Full-Text
Keywords: focus groups; interest groups; stakeholders; tourism; Extremadura focus groups; interest groups; stakeholders; tourism; Extremadura
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Sánchez-Oro Sánchez, M.; Castro-Serrano, J.; Robina-Ramírez, R. Stakeholders’ Participation in Sustainable Tourism Planning for a Rural Region: Extremadura Case Study (Spain). Land 2021, 10, 553. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060553

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Sánchez-Oro Sánchez M, Castro-Serrano J, Robina-Ramírez R. Stakeholders’ Participation in Sustainable Tourism Planning for a Rural Region: Extremadura Case Study (Spain). Land. 2021; 10(6):553. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060553

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Sánchez-Oro Sánchez, Marcelo, José Castro-Serrano, and Rafael Robina-Ramírez. 2021. "Stakeholders’ Participation in Sustainable Tourism Planning for a Rural Region: Extremadura Case Study (Spain)" Land 10, no. 6: 553. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060553

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