Creating eco-tourism product

Dimoska, Tatjana and Kocevski, Jordan (2010) Creating eco-tourism product. In: 20 th Biennial International Congress: “Tourism and Hospitality Industry 2010: New Trends in Tourism and Hospitality Management”, Opatija, Croatia.

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Since it first appearance in the early 80’s, the eco-tourism has attracted many tourists to its cause. Even more,
it has become one of the major industries of the national economy and a significant portion of the Gross
Domestic Product in some countries such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya etc. Eco-tourism is an extraordinary
tool for conservation, a support mechanism for poverty alleviation, and as a driver of sustainable
development if carefully conceived, well managed and strictly controlled. But the creation of eco-touristic
product is a delicate job, it has to be done carefully. The environment that will be touristic valorized has to
stay untouched, in the sense of not losing any of its main characteristic and appearance. That is a hard job,
since the valorization may include creating some paths, putting signs, building different buildings and so on.
Therefore the eco-touristic product, weather it includes a destination or a hotel, has to fulfill some
prerequisites. It has to perfectly “fit in” the environment. Also it is very important that if this prerequisites are
fulfilled to be maintained further. The creating of the eco-touristic product has to consider many issues and
go through a procedure of few stages. That’s why many scientists have arguments “for” and “against” turning
a protected area or environment into a tourist attraction. Even if the eco-touristic product is done according
the stages and it doesn’t change the environment, there is still the issue of the visitors and their influence on
the area. These and some other issues will be part of this paper.
Key words: eco-tourism, eco-tourism product, creating

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
Depositing User: Mr Bojan Sekulovski
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 09:11
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2020 09:11

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