The effects of European economic integration on tourism: challenges and opportunities for Portuguese tourism development

Carla Cardoso (Senior Researcher, Centre for Trends Study in Hospitality and Tourism (CETS‐HT), Fernando Pessoa University, Porto, Portugal)
Luis Ferreira (Senior Researcher, Centre for Trends Study in Hospitality and Tourism (CETS‐HT), Fernando Pessoa University, Porto, Portugal)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

One of today’s realities is that, as a consequence of the consolidation of the European economic integration process, the economies of the different member countries of the European Union are becoming more inter‐dependent and the physical, technical and tax obstacles to cross‐border trade are being diluted. At the same time, European policies and regulations have affected all areas of economic activity. The tourism sector is no exception due to the economic, social and cultural importance that this sector assumes for countries like Portugal. The overall purpose of this article is to analyse the implications of European economic integration in the tourism sector. In this context, the article builds on earlier research on European economic integration and identifies its effects in the tourism sector, focusing on the following tourism economic indicators: employment, income, investments, and balance of payments. The relationship between European financial support and the Portuguese tourism sector will be analysed with some related trends identified.

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Cardoso, C. and Ferreira, L. (2000), "The effects of European economic integration on tourism: challenges and opportunities for Portuguese tourism development", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 12 No. 7, pp. 401-409. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110010347248

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