Sociocultural Dimension

Social sustainability of tourism is about identifying and managing the impacts of this activity on the local population. The tourism sector, being the main engine of the economy of the Algarve, undoubtedly generates, directly or indirectly, effects on individuals, whether these are employees, employers and/or residents. These impacts, in turn, affect tourist activity. Therefore, measuring the impacts on local residents’ satisfaction is of crucial importance to guarantee the sustainability of the tourism industry.

For monitoring purposes, sociocultural sustainability is measured through indicators on the social impacts/ local satisfaction with tourism, cultural impacts, gender equality, accessibility and inclusion, and health and safety.

social impacts/ local satisfaction with tourism

Percentage of residents satisfied with tourism

Cultural impacts

Percentage of residents that are satisfied with the impacts of tourism on the destination’s identity

Percentage of the destination’s events that are focused on traditional/local culture and heritage

Gender Equality

Percentage of men and women employed in the tourism sector

Accessibility and Inclusion

Percentage of tourist accommodation establishments that develop information actions on accessibility.

Percentage of public transport accessible to people with disabilities and specific access requirements

Percentage of tourist attractions accessible to people with disabilities and/or participating in recognized accessibility information schemes

Health and Safety

Percentage of tourists who register a complaint with the police