Searching for Complementarities between Agriculture and Tourism: The Demarcated Wine-producing Regions of the Northern Portugal

Tourism Economics, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 147-155, March 2006

Posted: 23 Jul 2008

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Helena Marques

University of the Balearic Islands - Departament d'Economia Aplicada

Date Written: July 23, 2008

Abstract

This paper discusses the role of agritourism in deprived rural areas as an instrument of regional development that builds on local cultural and natural advantages. This is illustrated with preliminary data collected from interviews carried out at agritourism enterprises from the demarcated wine-producing regions of the north of Portugal. The evidence gathered shows that tourism may have a role in marketing unique local products, preserving architectural heritage and developing physical and human capital in which rural regions are lacking. Moreover, the LEADER capital provided by the European Union was a crucial factor in the interviewees' initial investment decisions.

Keywords: agritourism, regional development, LEADER

JEL Classification: L83, O13, O18, Q13, R58, Z10

Suggested Citation

Marques, Helena, Searching for Complementarities between Agriculture and Tourism: The Demarcated Wine-producing Regions of the Northern Portugal (July 23, 2008). Tourism Economics, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 147-155, March 2006 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1171039

Helena Marques (Contact Author)

University of the Balearic Islands - Departament d'Economia Aplicada ( email )

Crta. de Valldemossa km 7,5
07122 Palma
Spain

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