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Tourism and Environment – Towards a European Tourism Policy

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Author(s): Carmen Valentina RADULESCU

Journal: Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology
ISSN 2069-5934

Volume: 1;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: EU | tourism policy | sustainable development | ecotourism | EDEN

ABSTRACT
Environment and tourism interact in very close terms, the relation being strong and in many cases straightforward. The synergic interaction came into reality in several forms of alternative tourism with a very dynamic evolution in the last decades. Ecotourism, as the outmost of environment friendly tourism, attracts more and more consumers and determines communities or entrepreneurs to create a prolific economic framework. The paper explores at what extent EU policies are prepared to harness the benefits of this interaction. It resulted that tourism-environment combination is not only a sector policy target, but also an important development levy for rural areas and an effective protection means for nature conservation.
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