Tourism and demographic trends of TOURAGE regions

Friday, December 21, 2012

During the first year of implementation the partners of TOURAGE project intended to explore through a regional analysis those trends which are describing the senior tourism. Based on a common decision of partners two such regional analysis were conducted.

Based on a systematic collection of datas during Summer 2012 the regions provided information on the actual state-of-play of their regions in the field of tourism and demographic change. A challenging issue was that how to collect datas for different levels of territorial structures (NUTS2 or NUTS 3 level of organisations, functional regions) but through some selection of available datas, the partnership could have been analyzed on this issue. The comparison of the available datas were hard in that sense, that although all of the involved regions are a remote region, but in sense of tourism and demographic datas and trends there are many unique differences between the partners. Some of the regions are already involved actively in tourism (e.g. Granada), some others are not at all known as a touristic location, or only for domestic travellers. These differences could help to analyze the different patterns of remote regions from the perspective of remote regions. Also this data collection is useful to profile all the regions involved in TOURAGE, and based on this profile to launch some common actions in the future.

The final results of the analysis will be presented during the 2nd Dissemination Conference of the project in Burgas, Bulgaria in May 2013. That could be a good platform to jointly interpret the outcomes of the study on regional analysis, and later this discussion could be the basis for development of implementation plans and final policy recommendations on senior tourism.


Author: Zoltán Balogh, Component 3 Leader, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg Megyei Területfejlesztési és Környezetgazdálkodási Ügynökség Nonprofit Kft.