• Joana A. Quintela
  • Carlos Costa
  • Anabela Correia


tourism, health, wellness, sustainability, territory, development


This study intends to analyse the role of health and wellness tourism in sustainable
territorial development. Under a perspective of sustainability, tourism industry contains
the potential to facilitate and to contribute to quality of life of communities since the
moment it combines their different interests with the visitors’ and respects the natural,
cultural and economic resources of the territories. This balanced combination of factors
reveals crucial for local and regional development that reveals even more important to
the inner regions.
Under this postulation and considering that the central region of Portugal is health and
wellness tourism centre of attraction – where 50% of the total of thermal units of the
country are concentrated – the main goal of this research is to evidence the potential of
health and wellness tourism in local and regional development.
Methodologically, this research will combine qualitative and quantitative research
methods, using the delphi and survey technique among the administrators, managers
and users of health and wellness units. In this paper, only an exploratory and conceptual
approach is made based on the literature review. Although, the intention is to contribute
to advancing knowledge in the field of health and wellness tourism, demonstrating and
providing evidence in the future through the empirical research, about its potential as an
element to settlement of the population on the inland regions of Portugal.


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Como Citar

Quintela, J. A., Costa, C., & Correia, A. (2017). THE ROLE OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS TOURISM IN SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT. Tourism and Hospitality International Journal, 9(2). Obtido de