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The protected areas: are they still in the ‘pleasure periphery’ or
are they destinations for sustainable tourism activities?

 

Josef Navrátil1* , Jaroslav Knotek2 , Kamil Pícha3 and Jitka Fialová4

 

Received: 26/11/2014 Accepted: 31/05/2015

 

1Faculty of Agriculture, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Studentská 1668, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel: +420 387 772 756
2Faculty of Agronomy, Mendel University, Brno; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
3Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
4Faculty of Agronomy, Mendel University, Brno; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Abstract
 

The protected natural areas play an important role in recreation. This paper discusses the issue of recreational activities in these areas. The National Park and Protected Landscape Areas in the southern part of the Czech Republic were selected for the purposes of illustration. It has been revealed that relaxation is the most important activity among tourists in the large-area protected natural territories, according to a recent survey of 1,500 participants. Entertainment is the second most important activity. Recreational sport activities (such as swimming, tennis, etc.) are respectively in the third and fourth places. We can talk about the large-area protected natural reservations as destinations for “nature-based tourism”, whose prerequisite is the existence of a pristine natural environment, which is primarily bound to protected natural areas in today’s world, and it is not for sustainable tourism. According to the participation in recreation activities, four
segments of demand have been identified in visits to these large-area protected natural territories: (1) passive visitors, (2) visitors focused on exploring but not participating in any physical activity, (3) active visitors with a dominant interest in bicycle touring, and (4) active visitors with a dominant interest in history.

 

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Keywords:  tourists, ecotourism, behaviour, national park, the Czech Republic


Citation: Navrátil J., J. Knotek, K. Pícha and J. Fialová (2015) The protected areas: are they still in the ‘pleasure periphery’ or are they destinations for sustainable tourism activities? European Journal of Tourism Research 11, pp. 57-72

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