Thermal tourism and geoheritage: Examining visitor motivations and perceptions

Anna Chrobak, Francesca Ugolini, David Pearlmutter, Antonio Raschi

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Kupele Vyzne Ruzbachy spa and San Giovanni spa are very well known spas located in Slovakia and in Italy. Both spas are surrounded by environmental and historical richness, including geological features that hold considerable potential for geotourism. In order to gauge the promotional value of these geological features, this study investigates: (a) The motivation of tourists for visiting the area, (b) the level of visitors' interest and knowledge regarding the area's geological features, (c) their assessment of the attractiveness and accessibility of these features, (d) their overall opinion about the area for geotourism, and (e) indications for utilizing these features to improve the landscape knowledge of the general public. The data were collected using on-site survey methods and examined by statistical analysis. Results of the survey show that the attraction of tourists to these areas is due not only to health and wellness benefits, but also to social aspects and the desire for exploring new places. It was found that the geological elements in both locations hold significant geotourism potential-and efforts to increase visitors' awareness of their environmental and cultural significance could be decisive in capitalizing on the attraction of these unique sites. Improvement of the accessibility to the sites would be highly recommended as a way to increase tourism diversity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2020


  • Appreciation
  • Geology
  • Geotourism
  • Landscape awareness
  • Thermal tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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