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Tourism & Management Studies

versão impressa ISSN 2182-8458versão On-line ISSN 2182-8466

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PONTE, João et al. Tourism planning in the Azores and feedback from visitors. TMStudies [online]. 2021, vol.17, n.2, pp.7-15.  Epub 30-Jun-2021. ISSN 2182-8458.  https://doi.org/10.18089/tms.2021.170201.

Tourism planning is increasingly a fundamental process for qualifying and increasing the competitiveness of tourist destinations, especially when it is required to take into account the new needs of tourists and the global trend towards meeting the principles of sustainable tourism. This study aims to analyse the improvements that, in the opinion of visitors, should be implemented in Ponta Delgada, the largest hub of tourism activity in the Azores (Portugal), detecting differences between specific groups of visitors in order to contribute to the territorial organisation and the optimisation of tourism experiences. Four hundred answers to a survey distributed among tourists who visited this Azorean municipality were analysed, using several statistical methods, such as the chi-square test of independence and some Hierarchical Cluster Analysis algorithms. The main conclusions refer to the statistically significant associations between the mean of transport used to travel and views of some aspects to be improved, with signs of patterns in visits and critical attitude.

Palavras-chave : Tourism planning; surveys; tourist experiences; tourism competitiveness.

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