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Sustainable Development of Ethno-Villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina—A Multi Criteria Assessment

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Faculty of Tourism, University of Maribor, Cesta Prvih Borcev 36, 8250 Brežice, Slovenia
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Faculty of Ecology, Independent University of Banja Luka, Veljkа Mlаđenovićа 12e, 78000 Bаnjа Lukа, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Independent Researcher, 76100 Brčko, Bosnia and Hercegovina
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Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Pivola 10, 2311 Hoče, Slovenia
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1399; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041399 (registering DOI)
Received: 30 October 2019 / Revised: 7 January 2020 / Accepted: 23 January 2020 / Published: 14 February 2020
This paper explores ethno-villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina as an important element of rural and cultural tourism. The attractiveness of natural and cultural heritage is very important for sustainable rural tourism development. In order to improve the process of decision making to enable the sustainable development of ethno-villages, a multi-criteria assessment model has been developed. The methodology is based on qualitative modeling using a multi-criteria analysis via the DEXi software. The model is based on hierarchical relations consisting of three main criteria that are the basis of sustainable tourism development: economic, social, and environmental criteria. The ultimate goal of the model in this study was to evaluate ethno-villages, namely six ethno-villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The results of the study show how ethno-villages contribute to sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; tourism; ethno-villages; DEXi; decision support; multi-criteria model; assessment sustainable development; tourism; ethno-villages; DEXi; decision support; multi-criteria model; assessment
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Prevolšek, B.; Maksimović, A.; Puška, A.; Pažek, K.; Žibert, M.; Rozman, Č. Sustainable Development of Ethno-Villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina—A Multi Criteria Assessment. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1399.

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