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Approaching the Sustainable Development Practices in Mountain Tourism in the Romanian Carpathians

Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Transilvania University of Brașov, 500036 Brașov, Romania
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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2051; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9112051
Received: 17 October 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 14 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability)
The article aims to identify the degree to which tourism managers who work in Romania in the area of the Carpathian Mountains have implemented sustainable development practices. It also assesses the quantification of their availability to be informed and to apply voluntary tools of sustainable development. Qualitative research based on the method of semi-structured in-depth interviews was conducted, with 34 managers who work in the accommodation units in the Romanian Carpathians. Results show that most managers are concerned with issues linked to sustainable evolution of the accommodation unit they manage. The researchers have noticed a low interest in sustainable evolution negatively correlated with the comfort level of the accommodation unit and competitiveness. Based on these results the authors recommend the adoption of measures that may allow sustainable development, and for the Romanian authorities to encourage the increase in the number of tourism units that can use sustainable management systems. This can be done through accessible rules, development of networks that may offer information about good practices and codes of conduct, as well as the possibility to participate in exchange programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; mountain tourism; Romanian Carpathians; qualitative research; managers of tourism accommodation units sustainable development; mountain tourism; Romanian Carpathians; qualitative research; managers of tourism accommodation units
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Brătucu, G.; Băltescu, C.A.; Neacșu, N.A.; Boșcor, D.; Țierean, O.M.; Madar, A. Approaching the Sustainable Development Practices in Mountain Tourism in the Romanian Carpathians. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2051.

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