Opportunities for development of alternative forms of tourism in the border region of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia

Angelkova, Tanja and Dimitrov, Nikola and Jakovlev, Zlatko (2011) Opportunities for development of alternative forms of tourism in the border region of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia. Научна конференция с международно участиевъзможности и проблеми за развитието на алтернативни форми на туризъм в малките селища на страната, Пловдив . pp. 59-68.

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In the paper briefly will be shown the problems and possibilities for development of alternative forms of tourism in rural regions of the SEE (South Eastern Europe). These include the border region between Macedonia (Kriva Palanka, Rankovce, Novo Nagoricane and Kumanovo), Bulgaria (Tran Trekljano, Kyustendil and Dragoman) and Serbia (Dimitrovgrad, Bosilevgrad, Crna Trava and Babushnica). Rural regions comprise large percent of SEE countries territories. 80% of the territory of Bulgaria and 40% of Bulgarian population lives in rural areas. Half of Serbian and Macedonian populations are rural. Despite of rich resources rural regions of SEE constantly seriously lag behind in their development comparing to urban areas. This problem becomes acute in the recent years because of collapse of centralized market structures. The unfavorable trends of their development, pose the question concerning SEE rural regions capability to successfully integrate in to the EU and the globalizing World in general. The positive answer depends to a great extent on the conducted regional rural development policy in every certain country, but also from their cross border cooperation and mutual help in the EU approximation process. Shared cultural and natural heritage in Serbian-Bulgarian-Macedonian border regions can help this process go in most favorable way, like nowhere else in the region before. This could be a first success story in the region; to follow disastrous which are present all around. This will cause bridge between neighbors vanish, natural and cultural resources wasted and gap between neighboring countries enlarged. In the future this will make national rural economies too much dependent on the changes in the world economic environment without possibilities for buffering these strokes on regional level.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics
Depositing User: Tanja Angelkova
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 11:34
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 11:34
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/5333

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