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|- "Cultural tourism in Northwest Portugal: the case of
the world heritage site of Guimarães"|
The city of Guimarães, in the northwest of Portugal, is a place of strong symbolic and cultural significance. The nomination by U.N.E.S.C.O. in December 2001of its historical centre as a world heritage site greatly enlarged its tourism potential. Since that date, the city, as an emergent tourism destination, has been attracting an increasing amount of visitors. This chapter aims to present a selection of the results of a survey that envisaged capturing the Guimarães residents’ perceptions of tourism benefits. The survey was implemented between January and March 2010. The results attained show that the residents of the Guimarães municipality hold a very positive perception of the impacts of tourism. The generally favourable perception of tourism impacts shown by the survey respondents are strongly correlated with certain demographic features, such as age and level of education.