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Ecotourism Opportunities in East Attica

Georgas, Kyriakos (2022) Ecotourism Opportunities in East Attica.

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Abstract:Tourism is the most important sector of the Greek economy, however, due to the rapid environmental changes, the need to create a more sustainable model is necessary. Ecotourism is linked to various dimensions of sustainable development: Socioeconomic growth and environmental conservation. The main aim of this master thesis was to examine the efficiency of potential ecotourism projects in East Attica, considering a proposed policy guideline in order to eliminate “greenwashing” effect. Suitability analysis was applied, showing that East Attica contains the characteristics that an ecotourism destination should have. In addition, cost-benefit analysis was conducted considering two scenarios non-action and action. The latter involved investments for the creation of 9 ecotourism facilities within the policy guidelines considering various direct and indirect ecological and socioeconomic benefits and costs while in the first scenario status-quo remains. A net present value of 21,885,737,82€ and a benefit-cost ratio of 1.70 were obtained using a 5 % discount rate and 10-year planning horizon. The results showed that ecotourism activities in East Attica can generate important economic, social and ecological ‘’profits” indicating that it would clearly be a beneficial project for the regional unit and therefore it should be selected instead of the non-action scenario.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science, 70 social sciences in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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