Tourism legislation and policy: Review of tourism law in selected Balkan countries

Metodijeski, Dejan and Taskov, Nako and Mitreva, Elizabeta and Filiposki, Oliver and Andreeva, Jasmina (2017) Tourism legislation and policy: Review of tourism law in selected Balkan countries. Book of Proceedings Economic and Social Development, 22nd International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development – “The Legal Challenges of Modern World”. pp. 368-375. ISSN 1849-7535


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Despite political turmoil and natural disasters in various parts of the world, tourism is one of the successful stories of present time and has shown constant economic grown in past few decades. Tourism has significant social and economic benefits for different countries, and tourism related legislation and policy created by various governments is one of the primary factors for the existence and development of tourism related activities. The subject of this paper is tourism legislation and policy of selected Balkan countries, as seen through the prism of tourism law in Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Criteria for choosing this countries are membership in European Union and see border of Croatia and Bulgaria on the one hand, and continenatal territory and candidate for accession to the European Union from Macedonia and Serbia on the other. The paper provides basic data for the selected Balkan countries such as: territory characteristics, population, number of international tourists, tourism law and existence of a National Tourism Organization. Table showing government bodies responsible for tourism, national tourism development strategies as well as tourism related legislation is used to prepare a comparative analysis of selected countries. For the purpose of paper we use research methodology and secondary data sources by consulting official tourism laws of selected countires. An analysis and review of tourism laws has been made, based on systematical evaluation of their actual content. The paper concluding remarks are regarding the structure, differences and similarities of the tourism laws and how the legislation determine prospects and directions of tourism development in the Balkan countries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economics and business
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics
Depositing User: Dejan Metodijeski
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 10:24

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