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Tourism Developments in the Sleeping Valley (Mugla-Milas), According to the Opinions of the Local People

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  • Raziye OBAN (CAKICIOGLU)

    (Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn (Australia))

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Recently, tourism demand turned its face towards rural areas. Tourism is an important opportunity for rural areas, which are extremely affected by the low income of the inhabitants. The aim of rural tourism is to take advantage of the resources, at the same time enhancing the living standards of the local people. The success of tourism in the rural areas depends very much on the resources, such as natural beauties, cultural elements and traditional handmade products. At the same time it depends on the attitude of local people towards tourist developments in their region. That is why investors in the field of tourism should be aware of the opinions of local people. The aim of this study is to analyze the opinions of the villagers in the Sleeping Valley (Mugla-Milas) regarding tourist developments. We have come up with a questionnaire consisting of 54 questions, which we used for the field research in the Gökçeler village. The findings of this study will be presented in the form of tables, bearing titles such as: infrastructure features or cultural infrastructure, as well as people’s opinion regarding the developments in the field of tourism. Sleeping Valley is not a well known location, in terms of tourism, and that is why local people living there have positive opinions about tourism development. For this reason, the place should be advertised and investors should consider it as a new opportunity.

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  • Raziye OBAN (CAKICIOGLU), 2009. "Tourism Developments in the Sleeping Valley (Mugla-Milas), According to the Opinions of the Local People," Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends, Romanian-American University, vol. 2(1), pages 125-136, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:jurtct:v:2:y:2009:i:1:p:125-136
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    Sleeping Valley; local communities; Turkey;

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