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The impact of cultural diversity on ecotourism – an opportunity for regional development


  • SOIMU Oxana,
  • TROFIMOV Victoria

    (Deusto University, Spain, Bilbao
    Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau)


In Culture matter time, space, location, possibilities, needs, scarcity of goods, technologies, destination and the scope. By this article, authors begin from the hypothesis: how culture is linked to environment and ecology? As a result, keypoint ideas of the work suppose that this link (Ecotourism) defines a contribution to mutual understanding and respect between peoples and societies, a vehicle for individual and collective fulfillment, a user of the cultural heritage of mankind and contributor to its enhancement, a beneficial activity for host countries and communities obligations of stakeholders in tourism development. Likewise, “The International Ecotourism Society” states that Ecotourism activities imply the fulfillment of the following principles, to name some: - Minimize environmental negative impact, protecting the regional culture and environment. - Provide positive experience to visitors and hotel owners. - Economically benefit local inhabitants by enhancing their self-esteem. - Support human rights and labor agreements. Finally, main expectation from work are some proposals as matter to promote heritage conservation and environmental sustainability, to create an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment and provide educational benefits to local community. Such aim addresses to Republic of Moldova too. Also, authors notice that ecotourism development in Moldova is possible and would promote its easier and better integration in Euro-zones.

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  • SOIMU Oxana, & TROFIMOV Victoria, 2010. "The impact of cultural diversity on ecotourism – an opportunity for regional development," Ovidius University Annals, Economic Sciences Series, Ovidius University of Constantza, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 0(1), pages 485-489, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ovi:oviste:v:10:y:2010:i:1:p:485-489

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    cultural diversity; ecotourism; regional development;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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