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Tourism, Territory and Sustainable Development

Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Applications in Japan and Europe


Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. João Romão
    Pages 1-9
  3. João Romão
    Pages 11-36
  4. João Romão
    Pages 37-64
  5. João Romão
    Pages 65-93

About this book


Welfare rise, spatial mobility, and global information and communication channels (in particular, social media) have prompted the emergence of a specific booming and rapidly growing mobility industry all over the world, namely tourism. The tourist sector (including recreation and leisure activities) has turned into a complex contemporaneous socio-economic and geographic phenomenon, with a multiplicity of travel motives (e.g., entertainment, culture, relaxed life style, wellness, nature, etc.) and with a wide variety of impacts (e.g., urban- and regional-economic effects, crowding phenomena, environmental decay, etc.).

Time has now come to offer a synthesis of the analytical apparatus in tourism research, with particular attention for system-wide, socio-economic and environmental dimensions of this important global industry. Tourism has in the past been a largely neglected field in regional science research. And therefore, it is laudable that João Romão has taken the decision to compose a systematically designed and well crafted monograph on the socio-economic, environmental and spatial dimensions of modern tourism. It offers a wealth of analytical insights and quantitative research tools for advanced tourism studies. It also fills an important gap in the current regional science literature.

Peter Nijkamp, Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam


Tourism Sustainable Development Regional Competitiveness Innovation Regional Science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics, University of Algarve, Faro, PortugalRegional Economics and Business Network, Hokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

About the authors

Dr. João Romão is a Lecturer in Tourism and Regional Economics at Hokkaido University (Japan) and a Researcher at University of Algarve (Portugal), where he obtained his PhD. in Tourism. He also holds a MsC. in Economics and Management of Science of Technology (University of Lisbon, Portugal) and he had international research experiences on environmental studies (Yale University, USA) and spatial economics (VU-Amsterdam, the Netherlands). His research interests and consultancy experience also include aspects related to innovation systems and urban planning. He is a co-chair of the Cluster on Tourism, Leisure and Recreation of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research and a founding member of The Regional Science Academy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Tourism, Territory and Sustainable Development
  • Book Subtitle Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Applications in Japan and Europe
  • Authors João Romão
  • Series Title New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-0425-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4414-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-0426-2
  • Series ISSN 2199-5974
  • Series E-ISSN 2199-5982
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 146
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Regional/Spatial Science
    Tourism Management
    Economy-wide Country Studies
    Development Economics
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