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Use of geopark resource values for a sustainable tourism: a case study from Turkey (Cittaslow Uzundere)

Use of geopark resource values for a sustainable tourism: a case study from Turkey (Cittaslow... Geoparks contain various resource values including geological, geomorphological, hydrographical values, edaphic, biological diversity, historical structures and traditional culture within themselves. The resource value of geoparks draw the attention of scientists and nature and adventure lovers. For this reason, geopark resource values constitute a significant potential for many touristic activities. Considering that this potential is planned in a sustainable manner, geopark resource values will be preserved and a contribution will be made to local and regional development as well. The study is carried out on 12 different locations in Uzundere, the 11th Cittaslow city in Turkey. The aim of the study is to evaluate the use of geopark resources for the development of sustainable tourism. Geotourism potential of the area is determined by SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis with a focus group within the scope of the study. In addition to the SWOT analysis, the TOWS matrix is established and some basic strategies are included for sustainable tourism development. Moreover, geotourism and special interest routes are recommended for 12 locations containing various geopark resource values. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Environment, Development and Sustainability" Springer Journals

Use of geopark resource values for a sustainable tourism: a case study from Turkey (Cittaslow Uzundere)

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Springer Nature B.V. 2020
ISSN
1387-585X
eISSN
1573-2975
DOI
10.1007/s10668-020-00773-3
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Abstract

Geoparks contain various resource values including geological, geomorphological, hydrographical values, edaphic, biological diversity, historical structures and traditional culture within themselves. The resource value of geoparks draw the attention of scientists and nature and adventure lovers. For this reason, geopark resource values constitute a significant potential for many touristic activities. Considering that this potential is planned in a sustainable manner, geopark resource values will be preserved and a contribution will be made to local and regional development as well. The study is carried out on 12 different locations in Uzundere, the 11th Cittaslow city in Turkey. The aim of the study is to evaluate the use of geopark resources for the development of sustainable tourism. Geotourism potential of the area is determined by SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis with a focus group within the scope of the study. In addition to the SWOT analysis, the TOWS matrix is established and some basic strategies are included for sustainable tourism development. Moreover, geotourism and special interest routes are recommended for 12 locations containing various geopark resource values.

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"Environment, Development and Sustainability"Springer Journals

Published: May 20, 2020

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