Eco-tourism Compliance Analysis of the Touristic Sources in Artvin Province (Turkey)

Authors: Çaglar KAYMAZ*, Atatürk University, Emre Ozsahin, Namık Kemal University, Salih Birinci, Atatürk University
Topics: Tourism Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Artvin, Eco-tourism, GIS, Eco-tourism Compliance Analysis.
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Artvin is one of the provinces of Turkey with high level of eco-tourism potential. For a sustainable rural development, it is imperative to evaluate this province, which abounds with natural, cultural and historical sites, concerning eco-tourism. Because eco-tourism, which is a kind of tourism that preserves natural, cultural, and historical sources and supports economic development, is a sustainable means of progress. Supported by the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), this study was conducted via DEMATEL (Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory) method according to fuzzy multi-criteria decision-making algorithm. In this study, in which the areas that were available for eco-tourism in Artvin province were directly determined, potential eco-tourism activities were also appointed, aiming to contribute to eco-tourism studies. Moreover, predictions and evaluations concerning sustainable eco-tourism activities were made on thematic maps, which were created within the scope of the study. The application of the study method was conducted according to 16 criteria belonging to 4 basis data sets. Supported by weighted linear combination process, eco-tourism compliance analysis was classified as "Extremely Suitable", "Suitable", "Less Suitable", "Not Suitable", based on the geographical conditions. The results of this study proved that Artvin province was highly suitable for eco-tourism. It is only possible by valuing this geography in terms of eco-tourism for the touristic resources to be used both sustainably and for the rural development.

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