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DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2015/B22/S7.127

WHICH RESOURCES GENERATE A HIGHER TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR THE NEW EUROPEAN PERIPHERIES? AN EXAMPLE FROM MOLDAVIA, ROMANIA

B.C. Ibanescu, O.M. Stoleriu
Monday 28 September 2015 by Libadmin2015

References:
2nd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2015, www.sgemsocial.org , SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-47-6 / ISSN 2367-5659 , Aug 26-Sept 01; Book 2, Vol. 2, 999 - 1006 pp

ABSTRACT
The eastern part of Europe is the new actor of the international tourism market. Entered in the circuit shortly after the democratic revolutions from the late ‘80s and the beginning of the ‘90s, this space has a higher tourism growth than any other region of Europe, according to World Tourism Organization. However, little is known about the factors that triggered this fluxes (essentially domestic), given the fact that most of the regions in this part of the continent are predominantly rural. The aim of this paper is to identify which type of tourism resources induces a higher tourist affluence in an European peripheral region. Our research focused on Moldavia region from Romania. Tourism databases from National Institute of Statistics and the tourism potential evaluation from Spatial Planning of the National Territory were used in order to obtain our results. The results showed a clear difference between rural and urban destinations, and even significant differences between the big and the small cities, regarding the main type of resources attracting tourists. For the big and medium cities, the cultural resources and technical infrastructure were the most important and attractive resources, while for the small cities the natural resources had a stronger relation with tourist arrivals.

Keywords: Moldavia, periphery, tourism resources