This paper aims to introduce the articles in this issue and explain the pertinence of the strategic question.
A brief context for the strategic question is provided, as well as the issue alignment and a content analysis of the articles selected.
A contextualization for the economic crisis affecting Portugal is presented and its impact on the Tourism Industry discussed. The articles range from a series of research studies on Portuguese Tourism, demonstrating its evolution over the past three years (2011-2013), and various viewpoint/position papers reflecting the perspectives of the main stakeholders of this industry and how they analyze the context of crisis that is affecting the country since 2010.
The articles selected for this issue contribute to shed light on an important phase of Portugal’s history, allowing for an understanding of the impacts of the financial crisis on domestic tourism and sectors such as restaurants and hotels, as well as the government’s perspective on the evolution of the industry over past three years. The information presented and analysed reveals some interesting lessons, namely, that a financial crisis may not affect directly the growth and development of the tourism industry.
The present theme issue analysis the context of financial crisis that Portugal is facing and brings together, for the first time in a single publication, the views of major stakeholders of the Portuguese Tourism Industry.
Costa, J., Gomes, J. and Montenegro, M. (2014), "Did the context of economic crisis affect the image of Portugal as a tourist destination? Strategic question overview", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 6 No. 5, pp. 392-396. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-09-2014-0025
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