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II Introducing Alternative Tourism
Alternative Tourism: Definition and Characteristics
Part I of this book outlined the stages in the development of mass tourism in Turkey, emphasizing the important role it has played in Turkey’s economic development strategy. However, as Egresi pointed out in Chap. 3, the rapid development of mass tourism also had some very serious negative repercussion. These negative impacts were ignored or minimized by the government during the earlier stages of tourism development, as the emphasis was on growth of the number of tourists and revenue. More recently, however, authorities started to be more preoccupied with the problems caused by mass tourism development and to look for solutions to ameliorate the situation. In order to conform to the principles of sustainable development, Turkey must:
alternative forms of tourism. In this sense, alternative tourism is defined and discussed in relation to a multitude of factors. In the final part, the case studies presented in Part II are shortly introduced.
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