Ecotourism in Shahdag National Park of Azerbaijan: Opportunities, challenges and Azerbaijani population's viewpoint of ecotourism

Asadov Ibrahim (2020) Ecotourism in Shahdag National Park of Azerbaijan: Opportunities, challenges and Azerbaijani population's viewpoint of ecotourism. Faculty of Commerce, Catering and Tourism.

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Abstract

Ecotourism in Shahdag National Park of Azerbaijan: Opportunities, challenges and Azerbaijani population’s viewpoint of ecotourism          In this thesis project, I have discussed one of the most popular and sustainable types of tourism – ecotourism, more precisely ecotourism inside Shahdag national park of Azerbaijan. Born and started to gain significant importance during the 1960s as a result of the growing environmental concern coupled with negative causes and growing dissatisfaction with mass tourism, ecotourism had become a major tool for achieving conservation and sustainable development goals by a number of developing countries by the mid. The 1980s. Today it is a major source of income for a number of developing countries across the world with being less destructive in the usage of natural resources than alternative economic sectors such as agriculture and logging. This study is concentrated on investigating and deeply researching ecotourism within the context of national parks, more precisely within Shahdag national park of Azerbaijan. The main research questions are: What are the existing challenges in the ecotourism system of SNP? What are the further development opportunities in the ecotourism of SNP? What is the Azerbaijani people’s viewpoint of ecotourism?          First, secondary research was conducted for covering the questions, issues, and aspects of the research, besides reviewing traditional literature which is including credible websites, reports, and case studies. The methodology of this research aims to find the existing gaps and disadvantages or challenges in the ecotourism system of SNP, identifies opinions and level of education of people of Azerbaijan about ecotourism and sustainability in general. To identify these, data were collected, and both quantitative and qualitative methods implemented. Primary research included a questionnaire survey and interview. These together revealed answers for the research questions and proved the hypotheses which are described in the research findings and conclusion sections of the paper. As the main result, we can conclude that the Shahdag national park of Azerbaijan has immense ecotourism potential, but this potential is not utilized to its fullest capacity. The main obstacle for successful ecotourism development inside SNP is the challenges that were identified in this research project. Nevertheless, the research indicated that there is a lack of ecotourism knowledge among the Azerbaijani population to some degree.

Institution

Budapest Business University

Kar

Faculty of Commerce, Catering and Tourism

Department

Turizmus Tanszék

Tudományterület/tudományág

UNSPECIFIED

Szak

Turizmus-menedzsment

Supervisors

Konzulens neveKonzulens típusaAssignment, Scientific qualification, InstitutionEmail
Szabóné Dr. Erdélyi ÉvaBelsőegyetemi docens, Üzleti Elemzés Módszertan Tanszék, KVIKSzaboneErdelyi.Eva@uni-bge.hu

Item Type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Azerbaijan, ecosystem conservation, ecotourism, Shahdag National Park, Sustainable Tourism Development
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Date Deposited: 2021. Feb. 08. 13:56
Last Modified: 2021. Feb. 08. 13:56

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