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Special Interest Tourism in the Czech Republic: Introduction and Overview

Novotná Markéta (), Kunc Josef (), Kubíčková Helena () and Frantál Bohumil ()
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Kubíčková Helena: Department of Regional Economics and Administration, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Frantál Bohumil: Institute of Geonics, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Environmental Geography, Brno, Czech Republic

Czech Journal of Tourism, 2019, vol. 8, issue 1, 49-63

Abstract: The increasing importance of tourism and the growing number of tourists put pressure on tourist destinations. To support competitive and sustainable tourism development, it is advisable to focus on alternative forms of tourism in order to diversify tourism options in the destinations. From this point of view, it seems appropriate to deal with the issue of ‘Special Interest Tourism’ as a form of ‘alternative’, ‘ethical’, or ‘environmentally responsible’ tourism. The paper reflects the urgent need for sustainable tourism research. The aim of the paper is to provide the introduction and overview of the issue and outline perspectives that may open the way to future, more systematic research. The situation in the Czech Republic is based on the mapping of the current spatial distribution of selected special interest tourism attractions. The findings identify the possibilities for diversification of general (mass) tourism offers. The metadata from the Czech and foreign metainformation systems and databases are used.

Keywords: adventure; creativity; entertainment; industrial heritage; sustainability; tourism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Z32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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