Title The Potential of Pomegranate As a Touristic Product Within Agro-Tourism: Ortaca Case
Authors Nazan KORKMAZ,Gülay ÖZALTIN TÜRKER,Ali TÜRKER,Selim IŞIK
Abstract Pomegranate fruit, one of the oldest fruit families, has an important place in mankind history. Not only in all holly as Judaism, Christianity and Islam but also each community and civilization had given many different values and meanings in many respects to this fruit. Pomegranate, one of the table fruits of tropical and subtropical regions, has grown widely in Mediterranean and Aegean regions, especially Antalya and Mugla Provinces. Although it has tolerance to some abiotic stress factors like drought and salinity and been foresight grow many more years, the export rates of the fruit have not reached right proportion, yet. The reason of this is said to be due to the aim of appreciating pomegranate just as a fruit. Besides from fruit, the pomegranate flowers, leaf and stump also have ornamental value. Moreover, “flowering in the spring and fruit set in the autumn together long summer months “ provide a visual feast. So, those features provide a high potential for using pomegranate in Agro-tourism. Besides agricultural potential in the cultivation of pomegranate, Mugla province has also got a great importance as a one of the tourism destinations of the country. Ortaca Region makes almost alone pomegranate growing. Moreover Dalyan, one of the tourism attractions of Ortaca, attracts both local and foreign tourists with its historical, cultural and natural beauties as canals like the labirents, Sultaniye mudbaths, Caunos ruins, Iztuzu beach and Lake Köycegiz. This study was done to determine the use of pomegranate in tourism sector. In this contex, Ortaca was selected as the research area. SWOT analysis was used as the research method. Suggestions according to the analysis were given at the conclusion.
Keywords Agro-tourism, Dalyan, Pomegranate
Journal IJSES - International Journal Of Social And Economic Sciences
Issue Issue 1
Page 086-093
Year 2016
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