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Journal Details
Format
Journal
eISSN
1805-9767
First Published
08 Oct 2013
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English

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Volume 6 (2017): Issue 2 (December 2017)

Journal Details
Format
Journal
eISSN
1805-9767
First Published
08 Oct 2013
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English

Search

5 Articles

Articles

Open Access

Geotourism Destinations – Visitor Impacts and Site Management Considerations

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 111 - 129

Abstract

Abstract

Geotourism is becoming a well established form of tourism based on the geological environment. It offers a new form of sustainable tourism which is more holistic then previous niche forms of tourism. However, with more people than ever visiting natural areas worldwide, the cumulative impacts of visitors on geological sites is increasing. This paper surveys visitor impacts and site management at geological sites which are geotourism destinations. We describe geotourism which is the engine driving the core activities of conservation, education and sustainable development in geoparks. We then outline some lessons learned from management in dealing with visitor impacts at a heavily visited geopark in Taiwan, a volcano in Indonesia, and a coastal World Heritage site in England. The importance of education is emphasized for geo-climbing in Spain and all-terrain vehicles in Poland. A number of site management approaches are noted, including the importance of guiding as a management strategy as well as the value of a positive involvement by the local community. Finally, some examples are given of the risks associated with tourism activities in volcanic areas as well as related appropriate management activities.

Keywords

  • geotourism
  • geosites
  • UNESCO
  • impacts
  • destination management
  • sustainable development

JEL Classification

  • Q26
  • L83
Open Access

Mining Landforms: An Integrated Approach for Assessing the Geotourism and Geoeducational Potential

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 131 - 154

Abstract

Abstract

Anthropogenic landforms (especially the mining landforms – quarries, pits, mines) have undoubtedly a great potential for the geotourism development. In addition, they are important from the geoconservation and geoeducation point of view as they allow to see the Earth-science features that would normally remain hidden (e.g., stratigraphic boundaries or soil profiles). However, the potential of these landforms in some case is not fully recognized and the sites themselves can even be endangered. The article presents guidelines for inventorying and assessment method for geotourism and geoeducational purposes of these specific landforms (respectively, the mining geosites and geomorphosites which are going to be used for geotourism and geoeducation) and gives an example from the area in which geotourism has not been fully developed yet (Červený kopec/Red Hill in Brno, Czech Republic).

Keywords

  • mining landforms
  • mining geoheritage (geosites and geomorphosites)
  • assessment method
  • geotourism potential
  • geoeducation

JEL Classification

  • Q26
  • L83
Open Access

Community-Based Ecotourism Management: The Case of a Cooperative in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 155 - 170

Abstract

Abstract

Nature-based ecotourism has been a growing trend, especially in rural areas where balance with the environment is desirable and it turns into a driver for economic and social development. An ecotourism cooperative operating in the “El Verde Camacho” Sanctuary, is an example of collaborative work between the government experts and the community. The cooperative was created with the support of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP, in Spanish Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas), developed and funded by this government office, it involved the advice of experts in ecology as well as cooperative’s management and residents of “El Recreo” community. This study aims to describe the involvement process and community management as well as the benefits derived from ecotourism according to the reviewed literature; a case study with a qualitative approach was defined in the Sanctuary in this regard. Semi-structured interviews were used to discover community members’ perception of management involvement and benefits of ecotourism. The findings show positive opinions of community residents.

Keywords

  • ecotourism
  • management
  • rural cooperative
  • community

JEL Classification

  • L83
  • Q56
  • J54
Open Access

Environmental Sustainability Analysis as a Competitive Strategy in the Hotel Industry of Sinaloa, Mexico

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 171 - 186

Abstract

Abstract

This case study analyses characteristics of the implementation of environmental strategies in hotels. Results were found to be highly variable between hotels. They also highlight the need for greater momentum for this new type of business model. For the development of this research, a multi-method study approach was adopted, with a mixed methodology to the hotel industry of the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. This was done through executive interviews in addition to the application of a compliance guide to 11 companies selected from the sector. Relevant aspects are considered through a review of the hotel sector and sustainability, consumer trends, sustainability in the tourism market and development phases for corporate sustainability.

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • competitiveness
  • hotel management

JEL Classification

  • L83
  • Q56
Open Access

Strategy of Czech Medium-Sized Royal Towns with Regard to Tourism Development

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 187 - 220

Abstract

Abstract

The medium-sized historical towns in Czechia have at their disposal a preserved cultural heritage which constitutes important potential for tourism. Apart from some exceptions, these towns are rarely a destination of tourists, but rather of the visitors who come to visit them in connection with a targeted stay destination. They also choose them as an alternative to optional excursions, just from the destination of their stay (also from the place of their permanent residence). Based on the intensification indicators calculated from publicly accessible data, this study answers the question of what the position of tourism in the selected towns (Czech royal towns with the population size between 10,000 and 30,000 inhabitants) is. Based on the strategic documents, it analyses what strategies were chosen by the selected royal towns for their development. It also analyses whether the topic of tourism that can undoubtedly without doubts rely on its historical potential, declared by legislative protection of cultural heritage, is represented and what its importance is.

Keywords

  • Bohemia
  • royal towns
  • strategic planning
  • urban tourism
  • heritage conservation

JEL Classification

  • L83
  • L88
  • Q56
5 Articles

Articles

Open Access

Geotourism Destinations – Visitor Impacts and Site Management Considerations

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 111 - 129

Abstract

Abstract

Geotourism is becoming a well established form of tourism based on the geological environment. It offers a new form of sustainable tourism which is more holistic then previous niche forms of tourism. However, with more people than ever visiting natural areas worldwide, the cumulative impacts of visitors on geological sites is increasing. This paper surveys visitor impacts and site management at geological sites which are geotourism destinations. We describe geotourism which is the engine driving the core activities of conservation, education and sustainable development in geoparks. We then outline some lessons learned from management in dealing with visitor impacts at a heavily visited geopark in Taiwan, a volcano in Indonesia, and a coastal World Heritage site in England. The importance of education is emphasized for geo-climbing in Spain and all-terrain vehicles in Poland. A number of site management approaches are noted, including the importance of guiding as a management strategy as well as the value of a positive involvement by the local community. Finally, some examples are given of the risks associated with tourism activities in volcanic areas as well as related appropriate management activities.

Keywords

  • geotourism
  • geosites
  • UNESCO
  • impacts
  • destination management
  • sustainable development

JEL Classification

  • Q26
  • L83
Open Access

Mining Landforms: An Integrated Approach for Assessing the Geotourism and Geoeducational Potential

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 131 - 154

Abstract

Abstract

Anthropogenic landforms (especially the mining landforms – quarries, pits, mines) have undoubtedly a great potential for the geotourism development. In addition, they are important from the geoconservation and geoeducation point of view as they allow to see the Earth-science features that would normally remain hidden (e.g., stratigraphic boundaries or soil profiles). However, the potential of these landforms in some case is not fully recognized and the sites themselves can even be endangered. The article presents guidelines for inventorying and assessment method for geotourism and geoeducational purposes of these specific landforms (respectively, the mining geosites and geomorphosites which are going to be used for geotourism and geoeducation) and gives an example from the area in which geotourism has not been fully developed yet (Červený kopec/Red Hill in Brno, Czech Republic).

Keywords

  • mining landforms
  • mining geoheritage (geosites and geomorphosites)
  • assessment method
  • geotourism potential
  • geoeducation

JEL Classification

  • Q26
  • L83
Open Access

Community-Based Ecotourism Management: The Case of a Cooperative in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 155 - 170

Abstract

Abstract

Nature-based ecotourism has been a growing trend, especially in rural areas where balance with the environment is desirable and it turns into a driver for economic and social development. An ecotourism cooperative operating in the “El Verde Camacho” Sanctuary, is an example of collaborative work between the government experts and the community. The cooperative was created with the support of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP, in Spanish Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas), developed and funded by this government office, it involved the advice of experts in ecology as well as cooperative’s management and residents of “El Recreo” community. This study aims to describe the involvement process and community management as well as the benefits derived from ecotourism according to the reviewed literature; a case study with a qualitative approach was defined in the Sanctuary in this regard. Semi-structured interviews were used to discover community members’ perception of management involvement and benefits of ecotourism. The findings show positive opinions of community residents.

Keywords

  • ecotourism
  • management
  • rural cooperative
  • community

JEL Classification

  • L83
  • Q56
  • J54
Open Access

Environmental Sustainability Analysis as a Competitive Strategy in the Hotel Industry of Sinaloa, Mexico

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 171 - 186

Abstract

Abstract

This case study analyses characteristics of the implementation of environmental strategies in hotels. Results were found to be highly variable between hotels. They also highlight the need for greater momentum for this new type of business model. For the development of this research, a multi-method study approach was adopted, with a mixed methodology to the hotel industry of the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. This was done through executive interviews in addition to the application of a compliance guide to 11 companies selected from the sector. Relevant aspects are considered through a review of the hotel sector and sustainability, consumer trends, sustainability in the tourism market and development phases for corporate sustainability.

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • competitiveness
  • hotel management

JEL Classification

  • L83
  • Q56
Open Access

Strategy of Czech Medium-Sized Royal Towns with Regard to Tourism Development

Published Online: 29 Aug 2018
Page range: 187 - 220

Abstract

Abstract

The medium-sized historical towns in Czechia have at their disposal a preserved cultural heritage which constitutes important potential for tourism. Apart from some exceptions, these towns are rarely a destination of tourists, but rather of the visitors who come to visit them in connection with a targeted stay destination. They also choose them as an alternative to optional excursions, just from the destination of their stay (also from the place of their permanent residence). Based on the intensification indicators calculated from publicly accessible data, this study answers the question of what the position of tourism in the selected towns (Czech royal towns with the population size between 10,000 and 30,000 inhabitants) is. Based on the strategic documents, it analyses what strategies were chosen by the selected royal towns for their development. It also analyses whether the topic of tourism that can undoubtedly without doubts rely on its historical potential, declared by legislative protection of cultural heritage, is represented and what its importance is.

Keywords

  • Bohemia
  • royal towns
  • strategic planning
  • urban tourism
  • heritage conservation

JEL Classification

  • L83
  • L88
  • Q56

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