Trends in leisure tourism regions under economic crisis conditions on the example of Algarve in Portugal


  • Małgorzata Bajgier-Kowalska Krakowska Akademia im. Andrzeja Frycza Modrzewskiego Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Stosunków Międzynarodowych Katedra Turystyki Międzynarodowej i Geografii Społecznej
  • Renata Rettinger Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny w Krakowie Instytut Geografii Zakład Turystyki i Badań Regionalnych



Algarve, Portugalia, produkt turystyczny


Abstract The phenomenon of spatial concentration of tourist activity leads directly to the emerging of tourist regions understood as spatial units with a dominant function of tourism. The aftermath of a crisis is most visible in the areas of tourist reception and take the form of a decreased tourist activity, which leads to lower income of companies working in the tourist industry. Algarve is a region of leisure tourism characterized by a well-developed tourism infrastructure and transportation availability (by air and land). The area is one of the biggest leisure regions of Portugal and a holiday destination for citizens of countries such as Germany or the UK. The vicinity of Spain causes the two countries to compete for their clients in the conditions of changing economical trends. The main goal of this case study is the analysis of the influence of the economic crisis on the volume of tourist activity 24 Małgorzata Bajgier-Kowalska, Renata Rettinger in the Northern part of Portugal and the attempt at evaluating actions taken to decrease or eliminate the results of that crisis. The article presents a variety of organizational solutions aiming at increasing the tourist activity. Examples of such actions include reducing seasonal fluctuations or product and process innovation which could considerably lower the costs of running a tourism-focused company. One of the possible ways of limiting the results of world crisis is diversifying the tourist product basing on the existing tourist potential. This may result in the growth of tourist activity, due to attracting new clients.


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Małgorzata Bajgier-Kowalska, Krakowska Akademia im. Andrzeja Frycza Modrzewskiego Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Stosunków Międzynarodowych Katedra Turystyki Międzynarodowej i Geografii Społecznej

Małgorzata Bajgier-Kowalska, Ph.D. The academic and research interests of the author, as well astopics of her publications are concentrated around geomorphology and regional geography. In her research,the author also concentrates on the problem of tourism and recreation growth, especially onthe question of development conditions and functioning of tourist regions in the world, including theanalyses of spatial differentiation of tourist infrastructure, and size of tourism itself.

Renata Rettinger, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny w Krakowie Instytut Geografii Zakład Turystyki i Badań Regionalnych

Renata Rettinger, Ph.D. In her research, the author concentrates on the problems of tourism developmentin the Caribbean region. The dominating research topics are the size and spatial differentiation oftourist infrastructure and tourism volume itself together with the directions of the tourism development.The research topics also include the issue of tourist enclaves as a dominating form of tourist infrastructurein the Caribbean region in light of sustainable development and pro-poor tourism.


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How to Cite

Bajgier-Kowalska, M., & Rettinger, R. (2014). Trends in leisure tourism regions under economic crisis conditions on the example of Algarve in Portugal. Studies of the Industrial Geography Commission of the Polish Geographical Society, 28, 23–37.

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