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Title: Using a VGI and GIS-Based Multicriteria Approach for Assessing the Potential of Rural Tourism in Extremadura (Spain)
Authors: González-Ramiro, Abel
Gonçalves, Gil 
Sánchez-Ríos, Alonso
Jeong, Jin
Keywords: VGI; GIS; AHP; rural tourism potential; Extremadura (Spain)
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: MDPI
Project: UID/MULTI/00308/2013 
Serial title, monograph or event: Sustainability (Switzerland)
Volume: 8
Issue: 11
Abstract: Extremadura (Spain), being one of the less-developed EU regions, is also eligible for European funds, including those related with the development of tourism activities in rural areas. To assess the spatial distribution of rural tourism potential (RTP), a methodological approach was followed by combining the synergetic use of geographic information systems (GIS) and the analytical hierarchical process (AHP). For the evaluation model, six factors were examined and hierarchized by a panel of eighteen experts: tourism accommodation offer, activities in natural areas, gastronomic offer, cultural activities, bath offer in natural environments, and activities in active tourism. These factors were then decomposed into thirty-two evaluation criteria and the relative importance of their weights was estimated using pairwise judgments. Using publicly available data and volunteered geographic information (VGI) platforms, the related spatial and non-spatial data were collected, collated, and standardized, employing appropriate tools developed with open-source GIS software. The results, represented by a series of intensity maps, indicate the RTP scores, highlight the strengths and weaknesses in each county, and could serve as a planning tool for public and/or private investments.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su8111144
Rights: openAccess
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