THE COSTA BLANCAIntroduction According to official data:Case study Tourism data Issues Challenges 95,000 beds in tourist apartments 71,000 beds in hotels 27,000 beds in campings Housing data: 1,3M houses 527,000 registered as second homes
ISSUESIntroduction Residential tourism and lifestyle migrationCase study has contrasting consequences: Issues An important economic activity (realChallenges estate, trade/consumption, facilities, etc.) that stimulates the offer of personal, health and elder care services; Contribution to the vitality of relatively neglected areas. But also, social and environmental problems
% EU25 citizens / total population 2008 2009 Algorfa 2% 67% Daya Vieja 6% 67% Source: INE, Padrón, 2009Very fast and unplanned change
ISSUESIntroduction Residential tourists tend to live inCase study housing estates where most of the Issues residents come from the same countryChallenges so their language and national identity are maintained.
ISSUESIntroductionCase study Social problems Issues Fiscal issuesChallenges Health services Political representation and participation rights Integration policies Environmental problems
CHALLENGES ServiciesIntroductionCase study IssuesChallenges
CHALLENGES Leisure offer:IntroductionCase study nature-based activities Issues rural tourismChallenges wine tourism, etc.
CHALLENGES • Preservation of theIntroduction environmental and culturalCase study resources IssuesChallenges
CHALLENGESIntroduction VFR TourismCase study European way of citizenship Issues practicesChallenges Intercultural relationships
Work in progress:European tourists and residents dualization: implicat
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Thank you! R.Huete@ua.es University of Alicante Spainhttp://personal.ua.es/en/r-huete/