Artículo Year: 2014 Vol.: 12 No.: 2 pp.: 281-298 Language: Inglés

Planning and sustainable development: a proposal applied to the hydrothermal complex in Caldas Novas, Brazil

Author: Eliane Lopes Brenner; Gerda K. Priestley
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One of the most important justifications for applying tourism planning is the danger of permitting
continuous development until the point of saturation that may ultimately lead to a destination’s decline. One of the essential functions of planning is therefore to provide a strategy base that allows destinations to confront change successfully. This article focuses on the elaboration of a tourism planning method based essentially on the most effective procedures identified, through an analysis of the contributions of various authors who suggest methods of proved efficiency. As a result the authors develop an original system that incorporates the positive points and avoids the weaknesses of all the proposals analysed while adapting it to the Brazilian context and applying it to a specific case study (Caldas Novas in Goias). The proposal is structured
on the basis of two key priorities: a physical focus guided towards the sustainability of the environment; and a social focus that reinforces the role of the receiving community in the tourist experience. The authors conclude that, as a result, this method offers considerable guarantees of success in achieving its goals.


ISSN: 1695-7121
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Universidade Católica de Goiás ‑ Goiània, Brasil; Rua 28ª, n.705/1502 setor Aeroporto, Goiânia – Goiás ‑ Brasil cep.74075500. E‑mail:


Departamento de Geografía, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, España ‑ Edifici B, Campus de la
UAB, Bellaterra, 08193 Cerdanyola, Barcelona, España. E‑mail:




Title in English: Planificación y desarrollo sostenible: una propuesta aplicada al complexo hidrotermal en Caldas Novas, Brasil

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