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Integrated Researcher

João Estevão

research interests

Lifestyle entrepreneurship, smar destinations, tourism destination marketing, heritage tourism, community-based tourism, Destination Management Systems, interorganizational information systems

Short Bio

João Estêvão holds a PhD in Tourism from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, under the subject of the adoption of Information Technologies by tourism destinations to foster the internal coordination between stakeholders. The Regional Tourism Entity of Central Portugal awarded him the prize for the best tourism-related thesis completed in Portugal in 2020. He holds MSc in Local Tourism Destination’s Management at the University of Barcelona, Spain, in which the dissertation encompassed the use of cultural resources within tourism. His main research interests are Lifestyle Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Smart Tourism Destinations, and Tourism Destination Marketing. He regularly authors articles under these topics in reference international scientific journals in the areas of tourism and information technologies. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Lamego Higher School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseum where he coordinates the BA in in Tourism, Cultural and Heritage Management. He has participated in academic projects aiming to (i) revitalize peripheral rural communities through tourism and (ii) to improve the collaborative efforts within tourism destinations’ players though the use of Interorganizational Information Systems.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Lifestyle entrepreneurs (LEs) play a vital role in the sustainability and competitiveness of tourist destinations, as they combine traditional activities with tourism. A significant part of the businesses operating in the sector are developed by LEs, who buy and hire locally. On the other hand, LEs enable tourists to have creative and genuine experiences, reinforcing the sense of place based on the identity of host communities.

However, LEs often face challenges to their competitiveness, namely in terms of their skills to implement and manage a business. Thus, the researcher aims to investigate the factors that determine the success or failure of this type of entrepreneurship in tourism. The research will further seek to identify methodologies assisting the development of a lifestyle entrepreneurship contributing simultaneously to foster the quality of life of the host communities, to value community-based tourism and to the improve the sustainable use of heritage resources.

Main publications

Dias, A., Silva, R., Patuleia, M., Estêvão, J. V., & González-Rodríguez, M. R. (2021). Post-pandemic
recovery strategies: Revitalizing lifestyle entrepreneurship. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism,
Leisure and Events.

Dias, A., Silva, R., Patuleia, M., Estêvão, J. V., & González-Rodríguez, M. R. (2021). Selecting lifestyle
entrepreneurship recovery strategies: A response to COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism and Hospitality

Estêvão, J. V., Carneiro, M. J., & Teixeira L. (2020). Destination Management Systems: Key distinctive
functionalities aimed at visitors and destination suppliers. Journal of Global Information Technology
Management 23(4), 292-325.

Estêvão, J. V., Carneiro, M. J., & Teixeira, L. (2020). Destination management systems’ adoption and
management model: Proposal of a framework. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic
Commerce, 30(2), 89-110.

Estêvão, J. V., Carneiro, M. J., & Teixeira, L. (2014). Destination Management Systems: Creation of
value for visitors of tourism destinations. International Journal of Technology Management. Special
issue: Technology Management for Sustainable eTourism: Challenges and Opportunities, 64(1), 64-88.

Main projects

Desenvolvimento endógeno de produtos turísticos culturais em Cabo Verde

Projeto da Entidade Regional de Turismo do
Centro relativo à criação do Welcome Centre de Viseu

programa solidário de formação internacional - THInC for Good. Projeto da Universidade Lusófona em parceria com o Centro de Turismo e Economia Solidária de São Vicente (Cabo Verde)

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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