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Commercialization of Holidays in the Protected Natural Areas - Form of the Sustainable Development in Tourism

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  • Rodica Minciu

    () (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

  • Delia Popescu

    (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

  • Mihaela Pădurean

    (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

  • Remus Hornoiu

    (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

  • Andreea Băltăreţu

    (Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Romania)

Abstract

Sustainable development of tourism in the protected areas should be regarded as a continuous improvement process in the management quality of the protected natural areas that are included in the tourist circuit as well as of the ecological tourism products, merchandised by the travel agencies. In Romania, the best-represented types of protected natural areas are the biosphere reservations, our country having three of these areas, followed by 13 national parks and 14 natural parks. The total surface of the protected areas in Romania is of approximately 1.9 million hectares, which represents almost 8% from the total surface of the country. Regarding the structure, we notice the typological diversity and the alignment to the international standards and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) category system. The fieldwork done at the 2009 (March 19th – 22nd) Romanian Tourism Fair has shown the fact that, even if they recognize the benefits of the vacations in protected areas, the travel agencies’ preoccupations of creating specialized packages have been reduced, displaying a poor offer, or a special offer created at the tourists’ request. The research was realized within the project called “Dynamics of the implementation of community policies in the valuing of the Romanian protected areas through tourism and designing architecture of integrated management for them”. Consequently, considering, on the one hand, the advantages of the vacations in protected areas and, on the other hand, the tourists’ increasing interest towards this type of vacation is necessary in the future, a more intense involvement of the travel agencies, but also of the protected natural areas administrations in their promotion, fructification and sustainable development.

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  • Rodica Minciu & Delia Popescu & Mihaela Pădurean & Remus Hornoiu & Andreea Băltăreţu, 2010. "Commercialization of Holidays in the Protected Natural Areas - Form of the Sustainable Development in Tourism," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 12(27), pages 83-98, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:amfeco:v:12:y:2010:i:27:p:83-98
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    Keywords

    natural protected areas; management; sustainable development; commercialization of tourist products; tourism agencies;

    JEL classification:

    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources
    • Q27 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Issues in International Trade

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