BOTTOM-UP APPROACH TO CLASSIFICATION OF TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: A CASE STUDY OF CROATIA

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Zoran Klaric

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attraction, classification, natural heritage, cultural heritage, Croatia

Abstract

This article discusses methodologies of identification and classification of tourist attractions based on the evaluation of attractions implemented in Croatia for the purpose of the Master Plan and Strategy of Tourism Development of the Republic of Croatia. After reviewing the existing methodologies in identification and classification of tourist attractions in the world and in Croatia, the article explains the approach used in the Master Plan, which has resulted in the list of approximately 280 spatiallydetermined attractions of international and national importance in Croatia. The list of attractions is used as a tool for the bottom-up approach of classification of tourist attractions in Croatia based on their type and importance. A proposal is made for the general classification of tourist attractions on the basis of the classification of attractions in Croatia as an example of a country with numerous and diverse attractions in a relatively small territory.

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