The importance of vulnerable areas with potential tourism development: a case study of the Bohemian forest and South Bohemia tourism regions

Josef Navrátil, Miha Lesjak, Kamil Pícha, Stanislav Martinát, Jana Navratilová, Vivian L. White Baravalle Gilliam, Jaroslav Knotek, Tomáš Kučera, Roman Švec, Zuzana Balounová, Josef Rajchard



The significance of the vulnerability of nature-rich areas with high development potential for tourism was studied using three types of data: 1) spatial distribution of tourist attractions, 2) the appeal level of these attractions, and 3) the number of visitors. The Bohemian Forest and South Bohemia were chosen as study areas. Nine types of landscape spatial appeal were identified in the study area. Two most important types were defined based on their appeal where there are rare relic features in the natural environment dominated by the presence of peat bogs and natural habitats with scrub undergrowth or virgin forests. These types were also found in the areas with the greatest potential for tourism development. However, these areas are also the most important from the point of view of nature conservation and landscape protection in Central Europe.


geography; landscape; tourism; Czech Republic

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