The Relationship Between the Geographical Information Systems and Rural Development: Turkey Example

The Relationship Between the Geographical Information Systems and Rural Development: Turkey Example

Hüseyin Çeken (Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey) and Emine Yılmaz (Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5088-4.ch008

Abstract

Geographical data systems (GIS), which enable the creation of entities that are the subject of tourism, tourism planning, the identification of impact areas of tourism values, and the sustainable utilization of tourism entities, are data-collection and decision-making systems that can contribute to tourism planning and the development of tourism Recently, tourists' interests have shifted from sea-, sand-, and sun-focused tourism to alternative tourism types; one of which is rural tourism. With rural tourism, it is expected that economical and socio-cultural opportunities for people who live in rural areas can be improved. The realization of this provides the concept of rural development. Today, in Turkey, 36.40% of the whole population still live in rural areas and agricultural activities are the most important income sources. Therefore, it is possible to investigate rural tourism and rural development in the Turkish context. This chapter deals with suggestions in terms of rural tourism and rural development by using GIS.
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Introduction

The objectives of this chapter are:

  • Giving information about geographical information systems,

  • Explaining the rural tourism concept

  • Giving informations about rural tourism potential of Turkey

  • Explaining the relationship between rural tourism and rural development

  • Giving strategies about rural tourism examples that were done or will be done with GIS in Turkey.

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Background

There are some researches about GIS or rural tourism and rural development concepts separately. But the there is no any research as book chapter or review, etc. So the main motive when preparing this chapter was fill the gap in the literature. So, this is a conceptual study.

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