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dc.contributor.authorGarcía Delgado, Francisco Javier 
dc.contributor.authorMartínez Puche, Antonio
dc.contributor.authorLois González, Rubén
dc.identifier.citationGarcía Delgado, F. J., Martínez Puche, A., & Lois González, R. C. (2020). Heritage, Tourism and Local Development in Peripheral Rural Spaces: Mértola (Baixo Alentejo, Portugal). Sustainability, 12(21), 9157. DOI:
dc.description.abstractIn the context of multiple repurposing of rural spaces, tourism represents a path for development, with the potential to revitalize these areas. The conservation and restoration of heritage, and its promotion through tourism, can become an opportunity for local development, in which a range of stakeholders fulfil different roles in the carrying out of the processes involved. The aim of the study was to analyse the heritagisation processes and their tourist value enhancement and how it affects local development in Mértola (Baixo Alentejo, Portugal). A series of interviews with the chief stakeholders in the process were conducted, from which the contexts and conceptualisations of development were determined. On the basis of secondary data in terms of statistics, an analysis of the impacts of the process of heritagisation and the development of tourism was undertaken. The main conclusions drawn by the research are the following: (a) the importance of the process of heritagisation in Mértola; (b) the viability of the project, given the cost and lack of comprehensive conservation, in creating a unified whole; (c) the performance of, and power relationships between, the various stakeholders; (d) the limited participation of locals due to disaffection with the project; (e) the correlation between heritage, rural tourism, and local development.es_ES
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dc.subject.otherPeripheral areases_ES
dc.subject.otherLocal developmentes_ES
dc.subject.otherSustainable rural tourismes_ES
dc.subject.otherDisaffected citizenses_ES
dc.titleHeritage, Tourismand Local Development in Peripheral Rural Spaces: Mértola (Baixo Alentejo, Portugal)es_ES

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