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The Growth of Mountain Tourism in a Traditional Forest Area of Greece

Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, School of Agriculture and Forestry, Democritus University of Thrace, 193 Pantazidou St., 68200 Orestiada, Greece
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Forests 2019, 10(11), 1022; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10111022
Received: 26 September 2019 / Revised: 11 November 2019 / Accepted: 12 November 2019 / Published: 14 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science)
The recreational value of forests in mountain areas creates significant potential for local growth. Indeed, in recent decades, it has been noted that there has been an increase in the popularity of forests recognized as tourism destinations with a strong recreational importance. In the forest area of Metsovo, the locals are aware of the role of tourism in local growth, and it is considered, along with forestry and livestock farming, as the major critical advantage for sustainable development. Research Highlights: Although the locals are satisfied with the quality of their lives, they consider that mountain tourism should be enhanced with certain prerequisites, such as forest infrastructure and improvement of the road network. Background and Objectives: The case study aims to examine and interpret the locals’ views in the mountain area of Metsovo on different factors that are able to support and encourage the growth of mountain tourism. Materials and Methods: Simple random sampling was applied, and data collection took place in 2018. In order to analyze and synthesize the locals’ views, reliability, factor, and hierarchical cluster analyses were used. Results: The main findings of the survey indicate that according to the locals’ views, there is a need for strategic organization addressing primarily forest recreation infrastructures from the Forest Service. Conclusions: The locals’ views are focused on mountain tourism-related exploitation with the aim of forest recreation infrastructures. Indeed, the locals acknowledge the important role of the forest service in conservation schemes, but they also identify that there are forest recreational potentials in their area that need to be enhanced by the central administration and locally by the Forest Service. View Full-Text
Keywords: mountain tourism; forest recreation; locals views; Metsovo; infrastructures; forest policy mountain tourism; forest recreation; locals views; Metsovo; infrastructures; forest policy
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Tampakis, S.; Andrea, V.; Karanikola, P.; Pailas, I. The Growth of Mountain Tourism in a Traditional Forest Area of Greece. Forests 2019, 10, 1022. https://doi.org/10.3390/f10111022

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Tampakis S, Andrea V, Karanikola P, Pailas I. The Growth of Mountain Tourism in a Traditional Forest Area of Greece. Forests. 2019; 10(11):1022. https://doi.org/10.3390/f10111022

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Tampakis, Stilianos, Veronika Andrea, Paraskevi Karanikola, and Ioannis Pailas. 2019. "The Growth of Mountain Tourism in a Traditional Forest Area of Greece" Forests 10, no. 11: 1022. https://doi.org/10.3390/f10111022

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