Title: The study of competitiveness of tourism in Cape Verde: the case of clusters of St. Anthony/São Vicente and Sal/Boavista

Authors: Valter Marcos M. Fortes; Vanessa Ratten; Paulo Fernando Pinto Barcellos; Cristina Estevão

Addresses: Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Brazil, Campus Sede, R. Francisco Getúlio Vargas, 1130 – Petrópolis, Caxias do Sul – RS, Brazil ' La Trobe University, Plenty Road Bundoora, 3086 Melbourne, Australia ' Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Brazil, Campus Sede, R. Francisco Getúlio Vargas, 1130 – Petrópolis, Caxias do Sul – RS, Brazil ' Escola Superior de Gestão, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal, Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral 12, 6000-084 Castelo Branco, Portugal

Abstract: The study of competitiveness has been the centre of attention of many tourism researchers in recent decades. However, studies focused on empirical validation competitiveness models in the world in general, and in Cape Verde in particular, are still shortfall. In this sense, this research aims to analyse the determinants of competitive advantage of tourism clusters formed by four islands in this country. To this end, it was adopted a methodology that required the use of a semi-structured questionnaire, based on Porter's competitiveness diamond model and data processing was operationalised by Mann Whitney test. The results from the application of this model indicate the tourist competitive performance of tourist destinations in study, allowing to complete theoretical and empirical implications, as well as resulting implications for its management.

Keywords: Cape Verde; competitiveness; globalisation; Porter's diamond model; sustainability; tourism.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2018.091506

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2018 Vol.20 No.3, pp.292 - 315

Available online: 25 Apr 2018 *

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