Handbook of Geotourism
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Handbook of Geotourism

Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome

Ross Dowling and David Newsome present an original, substantial and much-needed contribution to the field which will further our understanding of geotourism in theory and practice. This Handbook defines, characterises and explores the subject through a range of international perspectives and case studies, identifying geotourism as a rapidly emerging form of urban and regional sustainable development.
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Chapter 32: Czech Republic: the planning and management of geotourism’s hidden resources

Lucie Kubalíková

Abstract

The high lithological and morphological diversity of the Czech Republic is the main resource for geotourism. Thanks to its position on the contact of Bohemian Massive and Outer Carpathians nearly every geological period and nearly all types of relief of the mild humid climate zone can be found in the relatively small area of this country. The attractiveness of the abiotic features is often increased by historical, cultural and mythological aspects. This, together with a long history of geoconservation (which has always been linked to geotourist activities), with the acceptance of the importance of geodiversity and geoheritage both for conservation activities and local/regional development, and with growing interest of the public in these features significantly contributes to geotourism development.

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