THE IMPACTS OF TOURISM: THE CASE OF MEDIEVAL JOURNEY OF SANTA MARIA DA FEIRA
This research has as main objective to assess the perceptions of the impacts – economic, social, cultural and environmental caused by a cultural event named Medieval Journey in the city of Santa Maria da Feira, under the perspective of the inhabitants and organizations. To achieve this, a descriptive research was conducted, through 352 questionnaires collected. The main conclusions point out to the following: ? The most important positive economic impact is the increase of the commercial sales volume.
?The value and preservation of the historical and cultural heritage is considered the most relevant impact in terms of socio-cultural impacts.
? The most negative impact of the event is the traffic jam.
? A rational utilization of the spaces is seen as an important environmental impact.
As a whole, the event contributes to 32% of the development of the city of Santa Maria da Feira.
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