SEMANTIC EVALUATION OF WATERFALLS AS TOURISM DESTINATIONS


KURDOĞLU O. , KURDOĞLU B. Ç.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY, cilt.17, sa.2, ss.781-788, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 17 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.781-788

Özet

In recent years, undisturbed nature and clean environment have become two factors that define the competitive power in tourism. Waterfalls have enchanted people since ancient times and have higher priority in the list of must-see places. However, few waterfalls can be described as tourism destinations since many of them are attractions. Accessibility and being well known are affecting this. In many countries, including Turkey, waterfalls play important roles in tourism. Heavy demand and mismanagement of destinations have a damaging effect on these natural monuments. In this study, 9 important adjective pairs were used for 17 waterfalls located in different (various) regions of Turkey, mostly along the Eastern Blacksea region. These adjective pairs were evaluated by 69 experts (32 forest engineers and 37 landscape architects) according to septet semantic differential scale. Consequently, waterfalls were evaluated in terms of sustainable tourism management and suggestions were given for conservation strategies.