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Title: Spatial patterns of cultural tourism in Portugal
Authors: Guedes, Alexandre
Jiménez, Maria Isabel Martín
Keywords: Spatial patterns
Cultural attractions
Package tours
Peripheral areas
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: This paper analyzes recurrent spatial patterns that characterize package holidays for mainland Portugal by apply- ing a cluster analysis to cultural attractions and the number of overnight stays assigned to each municipality. The empirical results show that organized tourist programs based on cultural heritage break reduce to some extent the asymmetry of the spatiality of the Portuguese tourism model that historically was concentrated around the Algarve. This research shows that the articulation of nodes and their Euclidean distance in the analyzed program- ming models does not have a deterministic relationship with geographical and physical proximity. Rather the analysis unravels cumulative attraction patterns based on a hierarchical network topology that drains tourism from strategic gateways (Lisbon and Oporto) to peripheral municipalities.
Peer Reviewed: yes
Document Type: Article
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