sábado, novembro 04, 2017

"Changes in the Guimarães visitors` profile and city attributes perceptions in the post hosting of the 2012 European Capital of Culture"

ABSTRACT
The European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) are the most ambitious European cultural partnership project implemented in Europe, if one looks at its scale. In 2012, for the first time in Portugal, a medium size city hosted it. Guimarães was the chosen one. Three years after hosting the ECOC, it is time to access what has changed as a consequence of it in terms of visitors’ profile and city attributes perceptions. Primary data sources were used, gathered through surveys conducted to the Guimarães tourists in the ex-ante (2010/11) and post-event periods (2015). In analytical terms, we made use of statistical methods allowing to put in evidence the similarities or differences found in what regards the visitors’ profiles and perceptions towards the destination attributes, when looking to the two time periods under scrutiny. In what regards the results gotten, we concluded that a change in the Guimarães visitors’ profile occurred (more balance between men and women; decrease in the amount of tourists aged from 0 to 25 years old and increase in those aged from 46 to 65 years old; and increase of the tourists endowed of lower schooling levels), as well as a notorious evolution in what regards the perceived city attributes. One believes that the empirical results attained are a valuable source of information for tour operators and, mainly, to city planning and managing authorities. 

Key-words: visitors’ profile; destination attributes perceptions; 2012 European Capital of Culture; Guimarães.


Paula Remoaldo
Laurentina Vareiro 
J. Cadima Ribeiro


(Resumo de artigo entretanto publicado em Tourism & Management Studies, Vol. 13, N. 4, 2017, págs. 43-53)


quinta-feira, novembro 02, 2017

"Evaluating the on-going and ex-post impacts on Braga (Portugal) from hosting the 2012’s European Youth Capital"


Abstract: The primary objective of this paper was to assess the impacts of Braga (Portugal) being the 2012’s European Youth Capital (EYC 2012), as perceived by the residents of the hosting city of Braga and the EYC 2012 event participants. To achieve these goals, two surveys were conducted: an on-going survey (2012 – 110 respondents) and an ex-post survey (2013 - 73 respondents). The comparative analysis enabled us to draw the conclusion that there was a more positive perception of the impacts of the hosting of the EYC 2012 in the ex-post period than in the on-going one. The best indicator of the perception of the effects of the hosting of the mega-event is, surely, the claim commonly expressed by the respondents that the city should apply for hosting similar future mega-events.

Keywords: Perceived impacts, quantitative approach, residents and participants` perceptions, mega-events, European Youth Capital 2012.

Paula Cristina Remoaldo
Márcio Góis
José Cadima Ribeiro


quinta-feira, outubro 26, 2017

CREATOUR 2nd International Conference - Emerging and Future Trends in Creative Tourism

«Dear colleagues

The CREATOUR 2nd International Conference - Emerging and Future Trends in Creative Tourism will take place at University of Minho (Campus of Braga - Northern region of Portugal) on the 7, 8 and 9th June 2018.

The conference is organized within the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas supported by European funds (through COMPETE2020, POR Lisboa, POR Algarve) and by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (http://www.ces.uc.pt/creatour/).

Until 29 December 2017 is open the Call for Proposal of Abstract that should be submitted at https://goo.gl/forms/h8IjZtFVMJ4Cky8K2
For more information about the first draft of the Conference please use the link http://www.ces.uc.pt/creatour/.

Best regards.
Paula Remoaldo
From CREATOUR team - Lab2PT»

(reprodução de mensagem que me caiu recentemente na caixa de correio eletrónico)