The Tourism Association for Lisbon (ATL) proved to be surprised with the satisfaction of residents and workers in the capital, relative to the sector, confirmed in a study of public opinion released this Tuesday, but stressed the need to ensure the sustainability of this area.
“We had the feeling that the tourism was with Lisbon, which, perhaps, surprise you is the size of the membership. Perhaps we could think in the face of the many opinions published, [was] that there could be a position of greater detachment, less membership, but here is overwhelming that membership and in this respect we were surprised,” said the director-general of the ATL, Vítor Costa.
To evaluate the opinion about the tourism in the city of Lisbon, the firm of opinion research Intercampus held the 1,017 interviews and direct face-to-face to residents and workers in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, between last November and January this year, a sample of randomly selected and diverse in terms of gender, social status, level of education and occupation.
In the study, presented this Tuesday at the headquarters of the ATL, who commissioned the purpose of the 20 years of the association – it has been found that more than 90% of the respondents expressed positive reactions or very positive about the coming of tourists to Lisbon.
Were the residents of older, inactive individuals, people with lower social status and with lower educational levels that were less than enthusiastic with the coming of tourists, as well as the so-called ‘commuting’ (residents of other counties who work in the city) less educated.
a Large part of the residents (84%) and ‘commuters’ (81%) answered, by his side, who made a point to be considerate and helpful towards tourists, referring to who likes to be close and make contact with the visitors (this for 70% of residents and 64% of the ‘commuters’).
Still, 20% of residents and 23% of the ‘commuting’ admitted to attend the areas of the city with fewer tourists.
About the consequences of tourism, the respondents pointed to the development of the economy, increased trade and promotion of the city.
you Already asked about the disadvantages, 61% of residents and workers considered not to be any, while the other pointed to problems such as the confusion in the public places, the increase in the cost of living and the noise.
when it comes to the impacts, the values were positive in areas such as the preservation of the heritage and of historic zones, and urban rehabilitation, and less positive when the areas in focus were the traffic, the noise and cleanliness in the city.
As for the reflection in the economy, highlighted by the negative mobility (cost of transport), the real estate, the standard of living and prices in general.
Speaking to journalists at the presentation of the document, Vítor Costa stressed that one should “continue the search”.
However, it acknowledged “the necessity of this phenomenon to spread more by region and by city”.
“our challenge is that those areas, those regions, or parishes or districts that still do not benefit from tourism, can also have benefits with this activity,” said Victor Costa, alluding to places such as the Peninsula of Setúbal, the Serra da Arrabida, Mafra, Vila Franca de Xira.
just Talking about Lisbon, highlighted “areas with potential” tourist such as the Avenida Almirante Reis and the Central Axis (covering the Picoas and Saldanha), and also the connections between Baixa and Belém and Baixa and the Park of Nations.
Vitor Costa added that, “at the level of the management of this phenomenon, there are answers that must be given by public bodies”, such as the municipal councils and the Government, to ensure sustainability.