Tourist Use of Airships in the Portuguese Douro Region. The Need for an Economic EvaluationTourist Use of Airships in the Portuguese Douro Region. The Need for an Economic Evaluation

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Conference: 19th APDR Congress
Year: 2013
Location: Minho, Portugal
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Given the multiplier effects and the strong growth of tourist demand, tourism is widely recognized as an activity that promotes the economic development potential of a region. As tourism grows, it plays a knock on effect on the demand for various economic sectors, particularly the transport services given its inexorable connection. Transports are undoubtedly an integral part of the tourism system since they provide the necessary displacements of the consumers of tourist products, enabling the trip. The performance of transports is therefore an essential ingredient for the future of tourism and its growth. Furthermore, transports can even be seen as a tourism product and a, tourist experience by itself. This is the case of cruises, scenic and historical trains, planes (Concorde’s travels on the English Channel were a supersonic experience sought by an interesting segment of tourists), and car and bus rides. More recently, the airships may also be added to this set of transport, providing a privileged view of the overflight area, in a comfortable and quiet way and with no adverse consequences for the environment. This (under development) research focuses this last new/renewed mean of transportation and intends to find answers to the following two questions: a) is it timely or not the use of airships, nowadays, as a mean of transportation and b) what is the relevance of the airships for tourism purposes. Based on literature review, we can conclude that, in recent times, technological developments and environmental concerns justify the resurgence of that air transportation equipment, previously used in World War II. Furthermore, driven by recent developments in aeronautical engineering with regard to the latest generation of airships, seems to be important to think in a new tourism product associated with this mode of transportation. The characteristics of these airships allow foreseeing that these can be certainly a product with great interest for tourists, in particular, and for the public entities that boost the regions tourism, in general. Considering the peculiar characteristics of the Portuguese Douro region, the airship may be a tourism product and a tool for the economic development of the region. However, it is necessary to investigate the economic feasibility of this product and identify possible business models able to make the investment profitable.

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Patrícia Silva

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Jorge Silva

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Conferência: 19th APDR Congress
Ano: 2013
Localização: Minho, Portugal
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Given the multiplier effects and the strong growth of tourist demand, tourism is widely recognized as an activity that promotes the economic development potential of a region. As tourism grows, it plays a knock on effect on the demand for various economic sectors, particularly the transport services given its inexorable connection. Transports are undoubtedly an integral part of the tourism system since they provide the necessary displacements of the consumers of tourist products, enabling the trip. The performance of transports is therefore an essential ingredient for the future of tourism and its growth. Furthermore, transports can even be seen as a tourism product and a, tourist experience by itself. This is the case of cruises, scenic and historical trains, planes (Concorde’s travels on the English Channel were a supersonic experience sought by an interesting segment of tourists), and car and bus rides. More recently, the airships may also be added to this set of transport, providing a privileged view of the overflight area, in a comfortable and quiet way and with no adverse consequences for the environment. This (under development) research focuses this last new/renewed mean of transportation and intends to find answers to the following two questions: a) is it timely or not the use of airships, nowadays, as a mean of transportation and b) what is the relevance of the airships for tourism purposes. Based on literature review, we can conclude that, in recent times, technological developments and environmental concerns justify the resurgence of that air transportation equipment, previously used in World War II. Furthermore, driven by recent developments in aeronautical engineering with regard to the latest generation of airships, seems to be important to think in a new tourism product associated with this mode of transportation. The characteristics of these airships allow foreseeing that these can be certainly a product with great interest for tourists, in particular, and for the public entities that boost the regions tourism, in general. Considering the peculiar characteristics of the Portuguese Douro region, the airship may be a tourism product and a tool for the economic development of the region. However, it is necessary to investigate the economic feasibility of this product and identify possible business models able to make the investment profitable.

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