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Effects of tourism development on surface area of main lakes
of Shchuchinsk-Burabay resort area, Kazakhstan
                                        
    Makhabbat Ramazanova1*, Mihai Bulai2 , Adrian Ursu3 , Bartolomé Deyá Tortella4
and Anuarbek Kakabayev5
   
Received: 26/03/2018 Accepted: 23/09/2018
                  
1University of the Balearic Islands, Spain; Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University, Kazakhstan Address: Cra. de Valldemossa, km 7.5, Code 07122, Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2Faculty of Geography and Geology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania. Address: Bd. Carol I, no 20A, Code 700505, Iasi, Romania. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
3Faculty of Geography and Geology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania. Address: Bd. Carol I, no 20A, Code 700505, Iasi, Romania. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
4Department of Business Economics, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. Address: Cra. de Valldemossa,
km 7.5, Code 07122, Palma, Balearic islands, Spain. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
5Faculty of Natural Sciences, Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University, Kazakhstan. Address: Abay Street, 76, Code 020000, Kokshetau, Kazakhstan. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Abstract
      
Lake (or lacustrine) water is one of the most sensitive and vulnerable resources for many tourist destinations, whose attractiveness highly depends on the water quality and availability in the lakes. The Shchuchinsk-Burabay resort area, located in the Akmola region of the Northern Kazakhstan, is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country, known for its attractive natural landscape and for its great number of lakes. However, during the last decades, these lakes have been facing environmental issues due to their overexploitation and increasing level of pollution. Thus, the aim of the current study is to examine the changes in surface area of these lakes during the last 30 years by using GIS technologies, and the influence of tourism industry upon this phenomenon. Accommodation facilities (hotels, sanatoriums and guesthouses), as main tourism-related water consumers, have been targeted within our analysis. Results show that tourism is one of the factors responsible for surface area decline of the main lakes in the region, and its responsibility increases when combined with other factors. This study also formulates recommendations for water management policymakers in order to guarantee the sustainability of lake water as a key resource of the tourism industry in the region.
   

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Keywords: environmental issues, water resources, lake surface area, tourism, accommodation sector, Shchuchinsk -Burabay resort area, Kazakhstan.

    
Citation: Ramazanova, M., M. Bulai, A. Ursu, B. Tortella and A. Kakabayev (2019) Effects of tourism development on surface area of main lakes of Shchuchinsk-Burabay resort area, Kazakhstan. European Journal of Tourism Research 21, pp. 69-86
    
 
European Journal of Тourism Research