Models of Tourism Development in South Dalmatia

Šulc, Ivan (2016) Models of Tourism Development in South Dalmatia. Doctoral thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Geography.

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Object of the research is the life cycle of South Dalmatian tourism areas (destinations) according to the Butler's (1980) model and relation of phases in the cycle with the level of their physiognomic, socio-economic, demographic and socio-cultural transformation. The results of the research were obtained using four sets of methods: (1) desk methods (analysis of tourism, census and vital statistics data, as well as data from other secondary publications), (2) methods of descriptive statistics, (3) field survey that consisted of a questionnaire survey, interviews, field observation and photo documenting, (4) GIS analysis and visualisation. In the first part eight tourism destinations were defined: (1) Dubrovnik, (2) Konavle, (3) Lower Neretva, (4) Pelješac-Ston, (5) Pelješac-Orebić, (6) Korčula, (7) Mljet and (8) Lastovo. In the second part tourism area life cycle for all eight regions was determined and at least two life cycles were defined in each region, separated by a sharp decline in the late 1980s and the Homeland War. The aim of the third part was to examine the relation of the life cycle and the level of demographic, socio-economic, physiognomic and socio-cultural transformation of each tourism region. The transformation was investigated using statistical indicators, perception of the respondents’ obtained in the questionnaire survey and interviews with directors of local tourist boards. The analysis proved very complex relationship of tourism development and spatial transformation of tourism regions. It was used to evaluate the actual situation in South Dalmatia and to give recommendations for future socio-economic development and physiognomic changes.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral thesis)
Keywords: tourism area life cycle, Butler's model, physiognomic transformation, demographic transformation, socioeconomic transformation, sociocultural transformation, South Dalmatia
Supervisor: Curić, Zoran and Toskić, Aleksandar
Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 534
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
Depositing User: dipl. bib. Ljljana Bajs
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 10:19

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