Outdoor recreation and visitor profile of Protected Areas in Portugal

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Introduction Leisure, recreation and adventure activities in nature have been growing at a considerable speed, following a new type of tourism, especially since the 70s, responding to a demand of contact with nature and local cultures, particularly in Protected Areas (PA). The National Program for Nature Tourism (Programa Nacional de Turismo de Natureza - PNTN) created in Portugal in 1998 follows this trend and defines the assumptions for the consolidation of the country’s image as a quality tourist destination, assuming PAs as designed areas for the nature tourism. This program included a set of criteria and regulations regarding hosting and environmental animation, across the documents created such as Nature Sports Charts Plan (Cartas de Desporto de Natureza - CDN) that should complement the management plan for each PA. This policy was latter reinforced by the National Tourism Strategic Plan that included Nature Tourism as one of the 10 national strategic touristic products of Portugal
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas
Place of PublicationTallinn, Estonia
PublisherTallinn University
ISBN (Print)978-9949-29-162-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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