Ecotourism and simulated attractions: Tourists' attitudes towards integrated sites in a desert area

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Abstract

This paper examines the attitudes of tourists towards a conceptual planning approach, which combines elements of ecotourism with themed and simulated attractions for sustainable tourism development in desert areas. Based on a survey of 453 tourists, the study examines respondents' preferences regarding the suggested contents and facilities of tourist attractions to be developed in the Israeli desert area of the Negev. The findings indicate that the respondents do not necessarily see contradictions between the seemingly irreconcilable ecotourism elements and themed simulations. They expressed clear preference for the development of sites with appropriate infrastructure and themed simulations that preserve local nature and culture. The findings are discussed within the frameworks of ecotourism, post-modern tourism, and tourism development in desert areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-41
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Desert tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Post-modern tourism
  • Sustainable development

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