Applying Sustainable Tourism Indicators to Community-Based Ecotourism Tourist village Eco-katun Štavna
Authors: Jelisavka Bulatović, Goran Rajović
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The indicators, precisely describing the linkages between tourism and the environment, social and cultural base, are not easily available. However, some relevant organizations (WTO, EU, OECD…), institutions and experts, have been hardly working to create the indicators of sustainable tourism. Whereas the economic objectives are easily defined by the use of the traditional indicators used in national and business economics, it is very difficult to identify widely applicable environmental, social and cultural indicators (Jovičić and Ilić, 2010). Community-based ecotourism (CBET) has become a popular tool for biodiversity conservation; based on the principle that biodiversity must pay for itself by generating economic benefits, particularly for local people. There are many examples of projects that produce revenues for local communities and improve local attitudes towards conservation, but the contribution of CBET to conservation and local economic development is limited by factors such as the small areas and few people involved, limited earnings, weak linkages between biodiversity gains and commercial success, and the competitive and specialized nature of the tourism industry (Kiss, 2004). This paper is focused on applying the research and related indicators of eco -tourism the case of Eco -katun Štavna.