Importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and exceptional conditions and natural resources for the practice of nature sports

Importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and exceptional conditions and natural resources for the practice of nature sports

Similarities between the OCTs and the Azores, one of the EU Outermost Regions: importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and exceptional conditions and natural resources for the practice of nature sports.

The existing links between environment and sport are clear and unequivocal, the pleasure and satisfaction offered by the practice of sport is enhanced through the sporting activity in the natural environment.

The sporting activity in nature is a way to environmental awareness, since the characteristics of the natural environment acquire a special highlight during the period in which the sports practice is performed. The growth of cities and the stress caused by daily life provoke a social need for access to Nature that sport shares and intensifies, with a strong relationship between environment and sport.

The Azores has exceptional conditions and Natural resources for the practice of Nature Sports.

For instance trail runs promote health and sports products and services as a social solution to economic development of communities through sports tourism and sports entertainment.

Development and promotion of nature-inspired sporting events in the Azores contribute to sustainable tourism and benefit the local economy and minimize the socio-cultural and negative environmental impact of mass tourism. The concept of sustainability applied to tourism consists of an efficient management of resources by integrating of economic development and respect for environmental and cultural values specific to each territory. The walking trails, the routes, the interpretation and visitor’s centers, museums and observatories provide information, orientation, education and other services in order to enable tourists to acquire knowledge and understanding of the region.

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