segunda-feira, junho 26, 2017

Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais, Nº 45 (2017): Editorial

Following my official appointment to this position in the end of January 2016, my name appeared as chief-editor of the Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais (Portuguese Review of Regional Studies) in the issue published in May of that same year. Therefore, with the publishing of this present issue (issue number 45) a year has passed with me as the head of the journal.
Obviously, I am not alone in this mission of editing the journal since I can not only count on the work of RPER’s (Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais) scientific committee, but also on the work of many other scholars, who have shown to be available for evaluating the papers submitted and to ensuring the success of the journal. I am sincerely grateful to all of them for their collaboration and support.
Looking to the performance of RPER during this period, I must  highlight the following:
i)                   Between March 2016 and March 2017, 41 papers were submitted to the journal;
ii)                 The authors of the papers submitted were from 8 different countries in the world, and although the ones from Portugal and Brazil did play a major role, we also had some Asian and African authors among them;
iii)               If we include issue 45, that is, issues 42, 43, 44 and 45, we have a total of twenty two published articles, some of which had been submitted before I was appointed as chief-editor; besides those papers, three other short essays, remembering the scientific work and the personal attributes of António Simões Lopes, the main founder of Regional Science in Portugal and an academic who played a leading role in the development of the Portuguese Section of the European Regional Science Association (APDR), the institution that owns RPER, have been included in issue 42; those essays were produced for the 19th Congress of the Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Regional (APDR), which was hosted in Braga in the summer of 2013, some months after his death, following an invitation addressed to a few well-known Portuguese researchers of Regional Science;
iv)               The articles published in the aforementioned four issues cover a vast area of research interests, going from industrial location, wage differentials, rural-urban migration, growth and regional convergence to clustering in the creative industry, tourism industry and local development, and local environmental sustainability issues; lately, issues regarding resources and environmental sustainability seem to have been attracting an increasing amount of researchers or, at least, those researchers seem to see RPER has an adequate means for its dissemination among the scientific community; we are glad whenever research embraces a territorial approach to the issues analysed;
v)                 By simply looking at the content of this issue (RPER 45) it is quite clear that the Brazilian Regional Science researchers also seem to have discovered our journal and they seem to find it an interesting platform for publishing their research; we could not be happier with such a result; therefore, our ambition of publishing research on Regional Science not just from Portuguese researchers but also from the rest of the world, either written in Portuguese, English or, even, in Spanish has become a reality; the language we write in should not be a barrier for making our research available to the scientific community and to all of those who have an interest in local and regional issues and policies;
vi)               Envisaging to attract more research and getting better rates in the academic indexes, we are, of course, trying to increase the amount of papers published in English, and we are succeeding in that; in every one of our latest issues, quite a few papers in English were available, counting for half of all the papers published; in future, we plan to publish issues with all articles written in English, however we will not give up on publishing in Portuguese and Spanish, if the opportunity should arise.

More could be said regarding what we have achieved throughout this last year of RPER. Much more could be said on the things that we have not attained on that hard road to becoming a better rated and a better known worldwide scientific journal. It is an endless path. Not only I, but also those who, together with me, are a part of the journal’s scientific and managerial board, are committed to contributing towards it. That is the only thing that I am sure.

J. Cadima Ribeiro
(Chief-editor of RPER)

"Destination attributes and tourist’s satisfaction in a cultural destination": NIPE WP_10_2017

Laurentina Vareiro,
J. Cadima Ribeiro,
Paula Remoaldo,

Cultural tourism is one of the leading growing segments of the tourism industry. Many tourists who visit heritage sites seek a value-added and authentic experience, when compared with the traditional products or mass destinations. Considering the importance of tourist`s satisfaction in what regards the revisit intentions and word-of-mouth referrals, which in turn influence the economic development of the tourist destination, this study attempts to investigate the relationship between cultural/heritage destination attributes and tourist`s satisfaction. The study area for this paper is the city of Guimarães, in the northwest of Portugal. This city is a place of strong symbolic and cultural significance and was deemed a world heritage site (UNESCO) in the year 2001. In 2012, Guimarães was one of the cities that hosted the European Capital of Culture (ECOC). All this enhanced its tourism potential and increased the amounts of visitors. The methodology consists of quantitative research based on a self-administered survey applied to tourists who visited Guimarães in the first half of 2015. Based upon the empirical results of this study, several recommendations can be made to increase tourists’ satisfaction vis-à-vis to Guimarães, regarding tourists’ needs, attributes valorization and cultural/heritage sustainability.

Keywords: Cultural tourism, destination attributes, Guimarães, tourists’ satisfaction.

 ("Destination attributes and tourist’s satisfaction in a cultural destination": NIPE WP_10_2017)

sexta-feira, junho 23, 2017

V Congresso Internacional "Casa Nobre: um Património para o Futuro": renovação do apelo à apresentação de comunicações


 Exmo (a) Sr.(a),

A Câmara Municipal de Arcos de Valdevez está a organizar o V Congresso Internacional subordinado à temática Casa Nobre: um Património para o Futuro, dando desta forma seguimento a um projecto consolidado de estudo das temáticas:
  • Memória Histórica: História da Família, Genealogia, Documentação Familiar e Heráldica;
  • Arquivos e documentação familiares;
  • Património Construído: estudos, defesa e valorização;
  • Turismo e Desenvolvimento Regional.
O Congresso irá ter lugar nos dias 30 de Novembro, 1 e 2 de Dezembro de 2017 no Auditório da Casa das Artes de Arcos de Valdevez.
Agradecemos a divulgação deste Congresso, para o qual convidamos investigadores de diferentes áreas científicas a enviar as suas propostas de comunicação, reflectindo sobre este tema em todas as suas vertentes.
Mais informações sobre regras para os call for papers e inscrições em            

Aproveitamos o ensejo para apresentar a nossa disponibilidade para qualquer informação adicional, agradecendo o Vosso apoio para a melhor difusão do evento.
Com os melhores cumprimentos,
pela Comissão Executiva

(Nuno Soares; Diretor da Casa das Artes, Chefe da Divisão de Desenvolvimento Sociocultural)»