1. Rural tourism – the savior of remote areas?
Rural tourism, in its many forms, can be one of the main solutions in overcoming conflict situations increasingly affecting rural space. Some consider rural tourism a real saviour from extinction, and perhaps justifiably so. Most rural areas are affected by mass depopulation, but the revenue from tourism can be used to improve conditions of living. Better communal and social infrastructure, necessary in the present day, is key to gaining additional knowledge and improving levels of education in general, thus improving overall appeal of living in remote, rural areas. The aim of this workshop is to answer the question: “Can rural tourism save remote areas?“
Keywords: rural tourism, rural areas, revenue from tourism
2. How can society contribute to the sustainable development of tourism?
In today’s society strongly driven by profit, there is a tendency of neglecting the negative environmental impacts of any human activity. Especially in tourism, contemporary lifestyle prioritizes profit above all else, and has little empathy for sustainability. Unlike mass tourism, sustainable tourism takes the environment into account. Its goal is to maintain the superior tourist experience on the condition that the area improves for local communities as well. Prosperity of receptive areas is of primary interest, and improving the quality of life is considered the ultimate goal. Furthermore, encouraging the involvement of locals in tourism stands out as a very important task. In sustainable tourism, giving back to the community in order to properly protect its cultural and natural assets is of utmost importance.
Keywords: sustainable tourism, local communities, quality of life
3. Heritage as a significant aspect of tourism
Heritage, property inherited from past generations, is considered an important part of a country’s character. In a broader sense of the word, heritage includes not only museums or selected historical sites, but cultural landscapes with all their characteristics: people and their way of life, settlements, forms of settlements, natural and geographical features, etc. In a more narrow sense, heritage can be divided into: material immovable objects, material movable objects and intangible heritage. Society maintains a sense of connection to a particular place through elements of history that are materialized in heritage. If heritage is most often valued through tourism, which marks an important source of income in a particular area, it is easy to see why heritage is of importance to cultural tourism, and tourism in general.
Keywords: heritage, cultural landscapes, natural and geographical feature
4. Transport as an essential element affecting sustainability
Many tourists do not know how to organize their travels in an eco-friendly way, and understandably so. Such form of travelling is highly individual, as it hasn’t hit the mainstream yet. Educating travellers on travelling sustainably is a very important step in reducing carbon footprint, but the question presents itself: “Can large travel agencies contribute to achieving sustainable and eco-friendly travelling?” If so, what do they do about it? Are they willing to get involved in discussions on climate change? Likewise, if travel agencies do introduce certain fees for gas emission, who would opt to voluntarily pay such fees? The aim of this section is to answer these and many other questions about the impact of transport on sustainable tourism.
Keywords: transport, travel agencies, gas emission