Ottoman heritage tourism flows in Macedonia

Nestoroska, Ivanka and Petrevska, Biljana and Namicev, Petar (2017) Ottoman heritage tourism flows in Macedonia. In: International scientific conference “Challenges of tourism and business logistics”, 24-25 Oct 2017, Gevgelija, Macedonia.

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Five centuries of Ottoman oppression in Macedonia has left deep traces as a real mixture of cultures and religions. The remnants of that turbulent time are noticeable today in more than 150 different cultural relicts dispersed over the whole territory, out of which more than half may be valorized in tourism manner. Yet, currently only some 20 original sites are on the list for tour visiting. The aim of the research is to investigate presence of current and potential tourism heritage flows based upon cultural heritage in Macedonia dating from the Ottoman period. This is done by employing the Saint Gallen Destination Management model which enables reconstruction of strategic visitors’ flow. The qualitative data analysis is derived by conducting interviews with local tourist guides. Based on findings, the study produced maps on the current Ottoman heritage tourism routes thus enabling better understanding of their shape. Furthermore, several new routes are identified as strategic visitors’ flows, which may enhance further tourism development of the country. Finally, the study recommends design and development of an Ottoman heritage tourism product within the frames of cultural tourism development at regional, or even national level.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ottoman heritage sites, Strategic visitors flows, Tourism
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics
Depositing User: Biljana Petrevska
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 10:01
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2018 10:01

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