"Positive or very positive": it is thus that the majority of respondents (90%) in one study, presented this Tuesday by the Tourism Association for Lisbon (ATL), evaluates the increase of tourist flow in Lisbon. The study on the opinion of the residents and workers of the tourism in Lisbon, carried out between November 2016 and January 2017, came to the conclusion that more than 90% of the 1007 respondents believed that the sector has contributed positively or very positively to the city, the region of Lisbon and the country.
This is a sector that, in the region of Lisbon, has generated more than 8.4 billion euros in 2015, has grown by around 8% in ten years, and employs nearly 150 thousand people. Data from another study, carried out by consultant Deloitte to the ATL, indicate that, only in the city of Lisbon, the sector has grown by 9.5% between 2005 and 2015. The hospitality industry saw their income increase about 240 million euros and the restoration of 200 million euros in this decade. It was still the tourist activities that has grown most, having yielded 75 million euros in 2015, 2.8 times more than in 2005.
Fernando Medina, said he was unaware the idea of having “tourists” in Lisbon
in These ten years, the number of guests in the city and in the region more than doubled, a growth particularly strong from 2013. At the same time, Lisbon has seen an increase in the offer: 7000 new hotel rooms and 6000 new rooms of accommodation, saw to make the scale more 55 cruises per year and build a new casino. In the region there were seven times more congresses and meetings, and four new golf courses.
A scenario that seems to appeal to more than 80% of respondents that were satisfied or very satisfied with the increase in the number of tourists in the city.
in addition To the "evident satisfaction with the sector, highlighted by Vitor Costa, director-general of the Tourism Association of Lisbon, 61% of respondents says that there is not any disadvantage associated with the tourist activity. The remaining pointed out the problems related to the confusion in public places, the increase in the cost of living and the noise.
that stopped being a surprise to the ATL. “We had the feeling that the tourism was with Lisbon, which, perhaps, surprise you is the size of the membership," said Vítor Costa, referring to the fact that I expected a "greater detachment" of citizens in relation to the subject.
A different time for the holidays
what is the general opinion about tourism, we note that those who live in Lisbon has an opinion "more enthusiastic" than those who commute to work in the capital city (commuting). Of these, 53% feel that it is "a privilege to live/work in the city of Lisbon", a value less than the number of residents that think the same way (92%).
a Large part of the residents (84%) and commuters (81%) responded that it was a matter of being considerate and helpful with the tourists, even though about 20% of the respondents admit to search areas of the city that have fewer visitors.
When talking about advantages, the majority of respondents (over 60%) is related to the tourism with economic development. The increase of trade, the development of the city and of employment are positive symptoms that you see arise with the growth of the activity, together with urban rehabilitation and heritage preservation, viewed with the greatest impacts of the increase of the tourism sector in Lisbon.
According to the survey, is in the mobility and transport, noise, cost and standard of living, and market housing that you can see impacts less positive tourism.
"The old, the inactive, the less educated (and the status more low)" are the most critical to tourism activity. Those who do not use the car in commuting within the city also est�� in the list of the most dissatisfied. The most positive came from people with professions linked to tourism.
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At the front line, when speaking on the adverse effects of tourism, are always the historic districts of Lisbon. Who there lives trying to prevent the entrance of tuk-tuk drivers, asks for the protection of the trade traditional, local and a law of budgets, to the benefit of the residents, at the expense of temporary housing for tourists. Still, according to the study, only 17% of the residents of the historical centre of the capital believes that tourism "has harmed the environment in the zone" where they reside. 16% defends that tourism has harmed what is the identity of Lisbon and an overwhelming majority (91%) believes that "the influence of tourism, the city has more life."
it Is increasingly accentuated the weight of Lisbon in relation to the other destinations of the region: in 2005, the tourism in the city accounted for 65% of the total in the region of Lisbon, in 2015 has grown to 74%. Which led Vítor Costa to recognize the need to further spread the phenomenon of the "by region and by city", giving the examples of "areas with great potential", as the Peninsula of Setúbal, the Serra da Arrabida, Mafra e Vila Franca de Xira. Within the city, highlighted the axles between Low and Belém and Baixa and the Park of Nations, alongside the Avenida Almirante Reis and the avenues between Picoas and Saldanha.