Sustainable Natural and Cultural Heritage Tourism in Protected Areas
12 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2015
Date Written: January 14, 2012
From once common delta marshes, which were shaped into the saltpans, found near all the coastal towns of Slovenian Coast, there are only few coastal wetlands left. The concessionaire of Sečovlje Salina Nature Park is entitled to use the natural pans for traditional salt-making; in addition, under the laws and regulations the concessionaire is allowed to perform certain activities in the Park: management of the Park, development of sustainable tourism and the farming of aquatic organisms. This paper provides an overview of trends that affect the planning of tourism in protected areas, the growth and diversification of this niche market, and the potential benefits and risks of merging tourism with natural and cultural heritage. Through the content analysis of documents, the case study of planning for sustainable development in the protected area is examined: the sensitivity of development of infrastructure and services, tourism marketing and management challenges in a secure area, and tools for tourism management.
Keywords: Nature park positioning, saltpans, museum, sustainable tourism, cultural heritage, natural heritage, sustainable marketing, heritage marketing
JEL Classification: M310; Q56
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