Ecology-based tourism potential of Altindere Valley (Trabzon-Turkey) in regards to the natural, historical and cultural factors

BATMAN Z. P., Demirel O., Kurdoglu B. C.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND WORLD ECOLOGY, vol.23, no.3, pp.233-244, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13504509.2015.1115442
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.233-244
  • Keywords: Ecology-based tourism, Altindere Valley, sustainability, protection-use, intactness, NATIONAL-PARK, SUSTAINABLE TOURISM, RURAL TOURISM, HONG-KONG, ECOTOURISM, AREAS, CONSERVATION, MANAGEMENT, DESTINATION, INTENTION
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The study was carried out in the Altindere Valley, which is an area appropriate for tourism activities with natural, historical and cultural values through all four seasons, with Yazlik Village in the centre and including the surrounding sites Cosandere village, Altindere village, hamlets (The Hamlets) and plateau areas. In this study, the goal is to set forth the ecological-based tourism potential in line with the concepts of intactness; conservation-use balance; and sustainability at natural, historical and cultural sites through a determined planning approach. In this respect, assessments have been made on the study area on the basis of the Ecological Evaluation Method', which has been developed for urban areas. Through the determination of quotients, classification and quantitative assessment of unweighted values were found for natural and cultural elements that show percentage (%) dispersion at the area (slope, exposition, soil, forest, vegetation, existing areas use, historical and cultural structure). Weighted values' were calculated by multiplying the determined factor weights and the unweighted inside grid values of the factors. With the results of grid values obtained, 10.58% Very Good, 48.82% Good, 19.7% Average, 8.82% Weak, and 12.05% Very Weak, Ecological Based Tourism Potential Areas According to Natural, Historical and Cultural Factors' have been identified.