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Volunteer Tourism as a Sustainable Form of Tourism—The Case of Organized Events

Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University, Tajovského 10, 975 90 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
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Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1468; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051468
Received: 3 March 2018 / Revised: 20 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 May 2018 / Published: 8 May 2018
This paper focuses on volunteer tourism as a sustainable form of tourism relating to the volunteer service at a tourism destination and specific tourism activities. The aim of the paper is to explore volunteer tourism in Slovakia with examples of organized events, especially to search exactly how event’s organizers support the development of domestic and inbound volunteer tourism in Slovakia. This paper is based on a sociological survey. We addressed 653 heterogeneous event’s organizers in Slovakia. 18% of them participated in the questionnaire survey. The collected data were processed by selected mathematical and statistical methods in SPSS statistics program. As such, we found most events organizers team up with volunteers. Only half of the organizers cooperate with local volunteers, while the second half also support the development of volunteer tourism engaging in voluntourism. In the case of attractive events, the engagement of voluntourists could be more effective. The current situation has resulted from missing information about the management of volunteers but it could be improved through an e-manual for event organizers providing an outline guide for volunteer management. View Full-Text
Keywords: volunteer tourism; event volunteering; event’s organizers; volunteers; voluntourists volunteer tourism; event volunteering; event’s organizers; volunteers; voluntourists
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Pompurová, K.; Marčeková, R.; Šebová, Ľ.; Sokolová, J.; Žofaj, M. Volunteer Tourism as a Sustainable Form of Tourism—The Case of Organized Events. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1468.

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