Our members Peter Nijkamp and João Romão presented this summer two publications on tourism: a special issue of the journal Tourism Economics (Spatial and Sectorial Impact Studies in Tourism) and a book published by Springler Verlag (Impact Assessment in Tourism Economics).
The special issue of Tourism Economics on Spatial and Sectorial Impact Studies in Tourism focuses on the heterogeneous impacts of tourism in contemporary economies and societies, a question that is achieving increasing attention as tourism becomes a more relevant economic activity, with continuous rates of growth in terms of number of travelers, its economic dimensions and also the negative impacts on the environment, congestion or inflationary processes at the destination place. Assuming this broad perspective on the tourism impacts, 12 empirical studies from different parts of the world (e.g. Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, China and Japan) develop advanced and rigorous methodological tools and provide relevant policy or managerial implications for the tourism sector.
This book Impact Assessment in Tourism Economics also provides a series of studies on the socio-economic impacts of tourism, in this case with a special focus on the determinants of tourism competitiveness at the destination level. The first part of the book is oriented to the analysis and assessment of quantitative tourism impacts on local economies, the second part is focused on the role of innovation and human resources as crucial elements to increase the competitiveness of a tourism destination and the final part zooms in on different dynamics often observed in tourism destinations, arising from the interaction between tourists and local communities.
The articles included in these publications were selected among more than 70 candidate papers presented at the 5th International Conference on Advances in Tourism Economics (organized in 2014 by the Portuguese Association for Research and Tourism Development, in Lisbon) and at the special session on ‘‘Tourism and Spatial Dynamics – Growth and Resilience’’, organized at the 55th Congress of the European Regional Science Association (Lisbon, 2015).