Mountain Tourism at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Mountain Tourism at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Mihail Ovidiu Tanase (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania) and Liliana Nicodim (University Ovidius Constanta, Romania)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1423-8.ch005

Abstract

The 1990s represent the starting point for a lot of changes not only in tourism but in the whole economy of any EEC. Before that, Eastern European countries had similar tourism developments with some differences between the types of mountain development due to some specificities according to the national policies of the sector. A short overview of the mountain tourism current situation is presented in the beginning. The tourism market is a very challenging one with rapid changes due to shifts in customers' preferences, new technologies, seasonality. The authors also presented the latest trends in mountain tourism in terms of supply and demand. The possibilities for future mountain tourism development in Romania are presented at the end of the chapter starting from the results of the previous analyses. Some of them are specific for Romania, but others can be applied to all mountain destinations (with or without minor adjustments).
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Mountain Tourism In Eec

In terms of types of activity, mountain areas can accommodate facilities for summer and winter sports. But facilities for winter sports are a good indicator of tourism attractiveness and tourism development. We present a brief comparison in table 1 by showing the number of ski resorts, the overall length and total number of ski lifts. There are 3 major players: Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, followed by another 5 countries with around 250 km of slopes (Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine). The last 10 countries in this analysis present modest facilities for winter sports and scarce natural resources for mountain tourism.

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