Risteski, Michael and Kocevski, Jordan (2013) GEOTOURISM AS A CONTEMPORARY AND SUSTAINABLE TYPE OF TOURISM. HORIZONS – International Scientific Journal. ISSN 1857- 856X, Vol. 13, pp. 271-281

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The contemporary concept of creating and development of geotourism and geoparks is due to the expanding environmental awareness among tourists and providers of tourist services during the last decade. The development of this type of tourism based on sustainability, conservation and enhancement of cultural and natural heritage in established geoparks as protected areas has spread in many destinations around the world and represents an outstanding opportunity for creating an attractive tourism brand. This will enable the destinations to attract tourists who pursuit quality services and products on one hand, as well as to facilitate the protection of tourist resources from excessive exploitation and devastation from the saturation that occurs during the concentrated and short tourist season. This however, is achieved only by diverting the strategic developmental directions of tourism towards new more sustainable forms. Linking geology and tourism is a relatively new idea for tourist destination development. Opposed to eco – tourism, which puts the focus on the protection of natural resources on one hand, geotourism on the other hand, not only protects but also stimulates the improvement of the overall natural and anthropogenic heritage through an integrated networking cooperation of all involved stakeholders.
Keywords: geotourism, geodiversity, geoparks, sustainable tourism, tourism brand

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
Depositing User: Mr Bojan Sekulovski
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 09:59
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 09:59

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