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Economy and Politics of Tourism 2016/2017

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


This course aims to prepare students with the essential knowledge on Economics applied to tourism. It is intended, with the themes taught in this course, that students acquire a solid body of knowledge and a set of techniques and methodologies that will enable them, in a professional environment, be able to:
• Understand the general lines of the Tourism Policy in Portugal (PENT 2020)
• Identify important national and international entities in tourism policy and their main functions
• Explain the economic concepts applied to tourism;
• Understand the essential dimensions of the economic analysis of tourism and some indicators / methodologies useful to perform this analysis;
• Understand the potential economic impacts of tourism and the potential indicators to measure them;
• Understand the relevance of the economic analysis of tourism

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable

Teaching Metodology

The contact hours, theoretical and practical, will be taught through formal lecture method of concepts, theories and models, complemented with the resolution of exercises, analysis and discussion of case studies.

Body of Work

1| Economic concepts applied to Tourism
2| Systhemetization of relevant concepts to the economic analysis of Tourism
3|Tourism policy
4|Economics of the Tourism demand
5| Economics of the Tourism supply
6| Tourism Satellite Account
7| Economic Impacts of Tourism
8| The Economic Importance of Tourism

Recommended Bibliography

.Cunha, L. (2013). Economia e política do turismo. Lidel- Edições Técnicas (Existe na Biblioteca)
.Tribe, J. (2011). The economics of recreation, leisure and tourism.  Amsterdam : Elsevier, cop. (Existe na Biblioteca)
.Samuelson, P. A. (1999). Economia. McGraw-Hill. (Existe na Biblioteca)

Complementary Bibliography

Bull, A. (1996). The economics of travel and tourism. Sydney: Longman.
Mathieson, A. & Wall, G. (1990). Tourism: economic, Physical and social impacts. Logman Scientific & Technical.
Organização Mundial do Turismo - OMT (1999). Conta Satélite do turismo: quadro conceptual, OMT.
Silva, J. A. (1991). O Turismo em Portugal: uma Análise de Integração Micro-Macroeconómica, Dissertação de Doutoramento apresentada à Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. (online)
Sinclair, M. T. & Stabler, M. (1997). The Economics of Tourism, London: Routledge.
Vanhove, N. (2005). The economics of tourism destinations. Elsevier.
World Tourism Organization (1995). Concepts, definitions and classifications for tourism statistics, WTO.

Note: Other references considered to be relevant for the understanding of certain subjects of the theoretical component will be given to students during class.

Weekly Planning

Week 1 – Presentation (programme, objectives, evaluation).
Week 2 /4– Theme 1 and 2.
Week 5 /6– Theme 3 and 1st test.
Week 6/7 – Theme 4 (4.1.; 4.2.;).
Week 7/8 – Theme 4 (4.3.).
Week 9 – Theme 5 (5.1.; 5.2.).
Week 10 – Theme 5 (5.3.; 5.4.) 2nd test
Week 11 - Theme 6 (6.1.; 6.2.; 6.3.).
Week 12 – Theme 7 (7.1. Id).
Week 13 – Theme 7 (7.2.; 7.3.).
Week 14 – Theme 8 (8.1;8.2).
Week 15 – Theme 8 (8.3.).3th test

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The contents were organized in order to achieve the proposed learning objectives. The first theme was designed to permit the students to know the outline of the Tourism Policy in Portugal and identify national and international entities important in tourism policy and its main functions (1 and 2 objectives). The themes 2 and 3 intend that students reach the third proposed objective (explain economic concepts applied to tourism). The themes 4, 5 and 6 will allow the student to be able to understand the essential dimensions of the economic analysis of tourism and meet indicators / methodologies useful for performing this analysis (fourth objective), while the theme 7 will permit the students to understand the potential economic impacts tourism and potential indicators for its evaluation (fifth objective). Finally, theme 8 enables the students to understand the relevance of the economic analysis of tourism (sixth objective).

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The formal lecture method for concepts, theories and models, will allow the student to know the fundamental concepts of the economic analysis of tourism. In addition, the resolution of exercises will be issue consulidation.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYes 
Adapting to new situationsYes 
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYes 
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Relating to othersYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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