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Sustainability 2014, 6(12), 8876-8888; doi:10.3390/su6128876

Is Romanian Rural Tourism Sustainable? Revealing Particularities

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IT, Statistics and Mathematic Department, Romanian American University, 18 Expozitiei St., Sector 1, Bucharest 012101, Romania
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Statistics and Econometrics, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, 15-17 Dorobanti St., Sector 1, Bucharest 010552, Romania
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Ciberenetics, Economic Informatics, Finance and Accountancy Department, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, No.39 Bucuresti St., Ploiesti 100680, Romania
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Business Administration Department, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, No.39 Bucuresti St., Ploiesti 100680, Romania
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Received: 28 October 2014 / Revised: 15 November 2014 / Accepted: 24 November 2014 / Published: 3 December 2014
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Abstract

Research on sustainable tourism involves developing an appropriate framework to highlight the interdependences of economic, social and environmental systems. The interdependence is based on the entropy of the system while respecting the principle of holism and diversity of rural tourism sustainability. In this context, sustainability in general and rural tourism in particular can be considered a complex system of development, which in some ways can be studied by statistical and econometric methods that allow the analysis of the interdependences between the variables of rural tourism at county level and at the level of rural communities. Conducting such studies involves identifying the rural communities where rural tourism has reached significant levels. Based on this consideration, this paper aims to identify the development regions and counties of Romania where the trends of development of rural tourism are significantly above the average recorded at country level, as a first step towards particular studies of sustainability in rural communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural tourism; economic growth; overnight stays; GDP; econometric model rural tourism; economic growth; overnight stays; GDP; econometric model
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Andrei, D.R.; Gogonea, R.-M.; Zaharia, M.; Andrei, J.-V. Is Romanian Rural Tourism Sustainable? Revealing Particularities. Sustainability 2014, 6, 8876-8888.

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