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Cultural Heritage, Natural Resources And Competitiveness Of The Travel And Tourism Industry In Central And Eastern European Countries


  • Diana Dugulan

    (Academy of Economic Studies)

  • Virgil Balaure

    (Romanian-American University)

  • Ioana Cecilia Popescu

    (Academy of Economic Studies)

  • Calin Veghes

    (Academy of Economic Studies)


Competitiveness has become one of the common concepts employed in the recent yearsto approach and describe the sustainable development of the travel and tourism industry. Culturalheritage and natural resources represent two significant pillars of the tourism’s sustainabledevelopment: that is why the development of the tourism based on the cultural heritage and naturalresources could provide a consistent support for increasing the competitiveness of the Central andEastern European countries as tourist destinations. The paper assesses how important are andwhat are the contributions of the cultural heritage and natural resources to the overallcompetitiveness of the travel and tourism industry and to its performances based on specific datareferring to the Central and Eastern European countries.

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  • Diana Dugulan & Virgil Balaure & Ioana Cecilia Popescu & Calin Veghes, 2010. "Cultural Heritage, Natural Resources And Competitiveness Of The Travel And Tourism Industry In Central And Eastern European Countries," Annales Universitatis Apulensis Series Oeconomica, Faculty of Sciences, "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia, vol. 2(12), pages 1-26.
  • Handle: RePEc:alu:journl:v:2:y:2010:i:12:p:26

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    cultural heritage; natural resources; tourism competitiveness; Central and Eastern Europe;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing


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