nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2015‒02‒05
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Importance of education and training local population in process of development rural tourism in Serbia By Predrag, Vukovic; Subić, Jonel; Cvijanović, Drago
  2. Medical tourism in Romania: the case study of cardiovascular rehabilitation in Covasna By Roxana Oana Darabont; Paul Suceveanu; Mihaela Suceveanu; Clara Volintiru

  1. By: Predrag, Vukovic; Subić, Jonel; Cvijanović, Drago
    Abstract: Since the mid-nineties of the twentieth century begins a rapid expansion of rural tourism in Serbia. In the first initial phase, the development has taken place without a clear plan and program. The first achieved positive results, influenced that Serbian Government since 2008 started with appropriate funding with aim to improve rural tourism development. Also, until 2008 there was no system of education and training sessions of the local population. Farmers were not educated and trained to provide adequate quality system services. On this way was undermined the competitiveness of rural tourist destination and positive results that rural tourism could bring. Expectations are that the implementation of appropriate methods of education and training could create conditions for providing better quality services, which will bring bigger effects of rural tourism and benefits to rural areas.
    Keywords: rural tourism, destination, education, training, farmers
    JEL: I29 P46 Q00 R0
    Date: 2014–11–20
  2. By: Roxana Oana Darabont; Paul Suceveanu; Mihaela Suceveanu; Clara Volintiru
    Abstract: Romania has one of the highest mortality rates in Europe for ischemic heart disease and, especially, for cerebrovascular disease. Taking into account the actual prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, an augmentation of the demand for specialized medical services is expected. As this paper argues, this situation can have an important impact on medical tourism. We analyze original data on the case study of a hospital, specialized in cardiovascular treatment, in the Romanian county of Covasna, which is offering specific balneal procedures, such as CO2 .hydrotherapy, alongside regular rehabilitation programs. The aim of our study is to evaluate the demographic characteristics, and the pathology of the hospitalized patients, as well as the specific rehabilitation procedures. Our findings suggest that the interest of patients, with cardiovascular diseases, for medical tourism can be influenced by accessibility, by some particularities of the location, but also by the holistic nature of the rehabilitation procedures.
    Keywords: medical tourism; cardiovascular diseases; CO2 hydrotherapy
    JEL: C46 I11 L83
    Date: 2014–11

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