Applying the resilience principles for sustainable ecotourism development: A case study of the Nakdong Estuary, South Korea

Yun Eui Choi, Chi Ok Oh, Jinhyung Chon

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Abstract

When studying sustainable ecotourism, the ecotourism system can be better understood as a complex association of various elements that affects the local society and wildlife habitats. The purpose of this study is to plan an ecotourism system for the wise ecotourism resource management of estuary wetlands by using a resilience principle-based systems thinking approach. This study suggests an integrated management plan that considers diversity, connectivity, learning, participation, and polycentric governance to solve universal and important issues, such as estuary dam removal, urbanization, and natural resource use in the estuary's social-ecological system. The ecotourism system plans suggested in this study include minimizing ecological conflict and load through an improved sense of responsibility among stakeholders and strengthened protective activities. The results of this study suggest appropriate roles for various stakeholders in the management of tourism resources that can be used to establish new guidelines for ecotourism destination planning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104237
JournalTourism Management
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr

Keywords

  • Ecotourism resources
  • Estuarine wetland
  • Planning
  • Resilience
  • Role of stakeholders
  • Social-ecological system
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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