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Session 5 - 2024

Friday, 24th of May

4:00 PM - 6:15 PM (Bucharest Time)

National Agency for Mountain Areas - ANZM

Council Room 1 (Building B)

Language: Romanian

Chair: Dr. Valentin NIȚĂ (Romania)

Gina Ionela BUTNARU, Professor, Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iași, Romania
Valentin NIȚĂ, Professor, Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iași, Romania

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Nature-based Tourism: Characteristics and Economic Benefits

Attracting a significant number of tourists worldwide, nature-based tourism is an inherent part of the tourism industry. Despite the urban comforts and conveniences facilitated by improved standards of living, many people find themselves estranged from nature. Globalization and technology have minimized the impact of seasonality on fruit and vegetable production and supply. In such circumstances, the return to nature may be seen as a reconnection with "a land of hope" (Mother Nature). This study reveals that specialists' opinions are divided between defining nature-based tourism as a distinct concept and utilizing various complementary terms to describe it, such as eco-tourism, sustainable tourism, adventure tourism, alternative tourism, outdoor activities, and eco-traveling. Therefore, we can define nature tourism, also known as nature-based tourism, as tourism centered around the natural attractions of an area. It involves responsible travel aimed at experiencing natural environments, landscapes, flora, and fauna, with a focus on protecting the environment and enhancing the quality of life for locals.

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