Challenges and New Opportunities for Tourism in Inland Territories: Ecocultural Resources and Sustainable Initiatives
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Challenges and New Opportunities for Tourism in Inland Territories: Ecocultural Resources and Sustainable Initiatives

Gonçalo Poeta Fernandes (Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, CITUR, Portugal)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7339-6
ISBN13: 9781799873396|ISBN10: 1799873390|EISBN13: 9781799873419|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799873402


Inland territories are currently of great interest in the tourism industry based on their natural and cultural resources, the surroundings and valuing natural spaces, local traditions and cultures, ways of life and experiences of territories with authenticity. In this context, ecocultural resources are determining factors of development for the mobilization of economic and socio-cultural initiatives, promoting tourism and generating conditions of sustainability in inland territories. They are spaces of opportunity, closing resources and heritage with high preservation, enhancing new perceptions and forms of use, generating territorial cohesion, promoting self-esteem for local communities, and arguments for diverse and differentiated tourist experiences. The involvement of the community is decisive in valuing destiny, understanding local ecocultural realities, and developing the process of preservation and service creation. It is considered a necessary approach of inclusion and protection, aggregating the ecological and cultural binomial as a determinant for a deeper knowledge of territorial realities and their specificities. Thus, sustainability and participation are crucial for the long-term future of inland tourism activities, with local governance assuming an important role in building tourism capacity, mobilizing resources, and streamlining entrepreneurial initiatives.

Rural areas and inland tourism have gained interest currently due to the less densified lodging modalities, the valorization of nature, the activities promoted in the open air, the meaning of their identities, the affectivity, the closeness and empathy of the communities that welcome them. This book seeks to provide greater knowledge of these trends, territorial innovation, good governance practices, new projects, and other aspects of tourism in inland territories.

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