Cooperation in tourism and regional development


  • Teresa Costa Professor Department of Economics and Business College of Business Administration Polytechnic Institute of Setubal
  • Maria João Lima Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Escola Superior de Ciências Empresarias, Campus do IPS, Estefanilha, 2914 - 503 Setúbal


Tourism, cooperation, sustainable regional development.


Tourism’s contribution to the economy, in general, and to local economies, in particular, is widely accepted. Given the increasing competition between destinations and complexity of tourism destination management, the formation and development of cooperative relationships between stakeholders has become a requirement for success and sustainability. This study sought to understand business cooperation in terms of specific territories’ complementarity, with a specific focus on tourism development in the Portuguese subregion of the Setúbal Peninsula. A qualitative methodology was applied using a case study. Documentary sources were analysed to collect data to facilitate the peninsula’s characterisation, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with a focus group. The results indicate that stakeholders understand cooperation’s importance to obtaining synergies that ensure tourism and regional development. The interviewees identified a set of benefits associated with cooperation, but these experts are all aware of this strategy’s challenges, which, nonetheless, do not necessarily diminish their willingness to cooperate.

Author Biography

  • Teresa Costa, Professor Department of Economics and Business College of Business Administration Polytechnic Institute of Setubal


    Director of the MSc in Management Sciences

    College of Business Administration

    Polytechnic Institute of Setubal


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How to Cite

Costa, T., & Lima, M. J. (2018). Cooperation in tourism and regional development. Tourism & Management Studies, 14(4), 50-62.