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Published in AgroLife Scientific Journal, Volume 6, Number 2
Written by Aurel CĂLINA, Jenica CĂLINA, Ion STAN

The work was performed based on the research undertaken over a period of more than 20 years on the activity of agritourism and rural tourism in Oltenia, aimed at the touristic and agritourist potential of the neighbouring and protected area of Cozia National Park. Through careful research and SWOT analysis, it was concluded that the studied area possesses a very rich and valuable touristic and anthropic potential, which presently has not been sufficiently utilized. Furthermore, a veritable capacity of attracting tourists was discovered through large quasi-virgin areas, of great originality and variability, which have suffered almost no human intervention. These areas enjoy a rich flora and fauna with unique species in Europe and a relatively large number of touristic attractions and monuments of nature, included on the list of UNESCO world heritage. The research clearly underlines the impact of industrial tourism over time, on the natural and anthropic environment, realising that almost all of its components have been reversibly or irreversibly affected. The final conclusion is that the only viable option of agritourism and tourism that can be practiced in the area of National Parks is based on the principle of ecologic sustainability, which would not damage the natural and built environment and would have a favourable impact on the economic and social-cultural life. In this paper, a series of general recommendations are clearly formulated, on the implementation, strategies, policies, directions and objectives of development of this form of tourism.

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