Title Evaluation of Perception of People Living in Kulakkaya Highland Towards Tourism and Recreation Activities in Highland
Authors İbrahim SEZER, Murat KILIÇ
Abstract Highland areas, began to attract the attention of greater number people each day with natural and social touristic attractiveness. Especially they attract many visitors who are bored of classical tourism activities and prefer calm highland areas which keep their natural structure to a great extent with local charm. In this context, in addition to traditional highland activities new usage opportunities emerge and a variety of facilities are built for visitors. As a result of these physical, socio-cultural and economic changes take place in highlands and create positive or negative impacts on local people live here. Therefore it is of paramount importance to learn the point of view of highland residents in order to develop tourism and recreation activities in highlands in a sustainable manner involving local people. With this purpose it is aimed to determine perspective of local people living in Kulakkaya highland connected to Yavuzkemal Borough of Dereli town of Giresun city about tourism and recreational activities in the highland and visitors; and developments caused by this issue and expected to cause in their future life. In a face to face survey we have asked questions to 75 people living in the highland. As a result of our study; it is concluded that they support tourism activities in the highland, they also want to participate in tourism activities themselves and they want accommodation and the number of tourists visiting the highland to increase. However, local people think that the necessary importance is not attached to highland, touristic investment are insufficient, they are not informed enough about tourism and sufficient touristic activities are not performed. In this context, it is worth to emphasize that it is important to ensure active participation of highland residents in development of tourism and recreation activities in Kulakkaya highland and also to take opinions of local people into account in this regards.
Keywords Kulakkaya, Tourism, Recreation, Perception
Journal IJSES - International Journal of Social and Economic Sciences
Issue Issue 1
Page 095-104
Year 2015
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