Planning for ecotourism in the protected area of Manesht and Ghelarang, Ilam Province, Iran

Mehdi Ahmadi, Masood Khodadadi, Himan Shahabi

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Abstract

This paper reports a study of the Manesht- and Ghelarang protected area in Iran. The study sought to identify ways in which sustainable tourism policies could be generated that aid the natural and human environments. From surveys and questionnaires completed by tourists, residents, and officials, an initial set of 10 areas of weakness, 9 strengths, and 6 opportunities were identified. Using these classifications combined with mapping techniques that included maps of topography and flora, a subsequent Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution analysis identified potential future policies that require infrastructure development and reinforced pro-environmental policies to address the problems currently being experienced.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism
Early online date8 Dec 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Dec 2017

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