02 / 2017

Czech Journal of Tourism

02 / 2017 / Volume 6

ISSN 1805-3580  (Print)  /  MK ČR E 20679

ISSN 1805-9767 (Online)

Published: December 2017

Copyright © Masaryk University, 2017

Geotourism Destinations - Visitor Impacts and Site Management Considerations

Ross K. Dowling, David Newsome

Section / Pages

Articles - Review paper / 111-129

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... more

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

Citation

Dowling, R. K., & Newsome, D. (2017). Geotourism Destinations – Visitor Impacts and Site Management Considerations. Czech Journal of Tourism, 6(2), 111-129. DOI: 10.1515/cjot-2017–0006.

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

Lucie Kubalíková

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Articles - Research paper / 131-154

Abstract

Anthropogenic landforms (especially mining landforms – quarries, pits, mines) have undoubtedly the great potential for geotourism development. Also, they are... more

Anthropogenic landforms (especially mining landforms – quarries, pits, mines) have undoubtedly the great potential for geotourism development. Also, 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 mining geosites and geomorphosites which are going to be used for geotourism and geoeducation) and gives an example from area where geotourism has not been fully developed yet (Červený kopec in Brno, Czech Republic).

Keywords

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

Citation

 

Kubalíková, L. (2017). Mining Landforms: An Integrated Approach for Assessing the Geotourism and Geoeducational Potential. Czech Journal of Tourism, 6(2), 131–154. DOI: 10.1515/cjot-20170007.

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

Jorge Ramos-García, Juan Pedro Ibarra-Michel, Mónica Velarde-Valdez

Section / Pages

Articles - Research paper / 155-170

Abstract

Nature-based Ecotourism has been a growing trend especially in rural areas where a balance with the environment is desirable and it turns into a driver for... more

Nature-based Ecotourism has been a growing trend especially in rural areas where a 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 ), developed and funded by this government office, it involved the advice of experts in the matter and residents of the “El Recreo” community. This study aimed to describe the involvement process and community management benefits of ecotourism according to the reviewed literature; a case study with a qualitative approach was defined in the Sanctuary for this regard. Semi-structured interviews were used to know community members' perception of management involvement and benefits of ecotourism. The findings show positive opinions of community residents.

Keywords

ecotourism; management; rural cooperative; community

Citation

Ramos-García J., Ibarra-Michel J. P., & Velarde-Valdez M. (2017). Community-Based Ecotourism Management: The Case of a Cooperative in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Czech Journal of Tourism, 6(2), 155–170. DOI: 10.1515/cjot-2017–0008.

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

Beatriz López-Ilán, Juan Pedro Ibarra-Michel Juan Pedro

Section / Pages

Articles - Research paper / 171-186

Abstract

This work of descriptive-explanatory nature focuses on analyzing the characteristics of the implementation of environmental strategies in the hotels chosen as a... more

This work of descriptive-explanatory nature focuses on analyzing the characteristics of the implementation of environmental strategies in the hotels chosen as a case study whose results are the most contrasting in terms of progress on the subject and which highlights the need for greater momentum to this new type of business model. For the development of the research, a multi-method study approach was adopted with a mixed methodology to the hotel industry of the state of Sinaloa through executive interviews and leaders in addition to the application of a compliance guide to eleven companies selected from the sector. Relevant aspects are taken up through a review of the hotel sector and sustainability, consumer trends, sustainability in the tourism market and the phases for the development of corporate sustainability according to the concept of some authors.

Keywords

sustainability, competitiveness, hotel management

Citation

López-Illán B., & Ibarra-Michel J. P. (2017). Environmental Sustainability Analysis as a Competitive Strategy in the Hotel Industry of Sinaloa, Mexico. Czech Journal of Tourism, 6(2), 171–186. DOI: 10.1515/cjot-2017–0009.

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

Dana Fialová, Nikol Jiroutová

Section / Pages

Articles - Research paper / 187-220

Abstract

Medium-sized historical towns in Czechia have at their disposal a preserved cultural heritage which constitutes an important potential for tourism. Apart from... more

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

Keywords

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

Citation

Fialová, D., & Jiroutová, N. (2017). Strategy of Czech Medium-Sized Royal Towns with Regard to Tourism Development. Czech Journal of Tourism, 6(2), 187–220. DOI: 10.1515/cjot-2017–0010.

The Eighth International Colloquium on Tourism: Highlights and Conclusions of the September Debate on Current Tourism Issues

Markéta Bobková

Section / Pages

Information - Conference / 221-222

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