Northern Cyprus – E4

Sources for case study – Karpaz Region – Northern Cyprus

The following sources are related to our case study and will help us to back up the conduct of this research. The aim of our case study is to find out and analyze the perceptions of tourism experts on the environmental impacts of the accommodation in the city of Bafra, region of Karpaz. Also, the case focuses on the hotel sector and sustainable policies which tourism managers and hotel managers need to use and implement. Therefore, diverse sources are going to be used and analyzed.

  1. Mehmet Altinay Kashif Hussain, (2005),”Sustainable tourism development: a case study of North Cyprus”, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

This source serves as our case study and describes the hotel sector developments in Northern Cyprus, which is exactly the focus of our project. It helps us to go deeper into the knowledge of the new 300M dollar investment in 6 luxury Hotels in Bafra, Northern Cyprus and its impact on the region’s environment.

  1. Okan Veli ŞAFAKLI, (2010), “Ignored richness of tourism in Northern Cyprus”, e-Review of Tourism Research (eRTR), Vol. 8, No. 5

This research shows the general overview of tourism’s take in the economy of Northern Cyprus. Serious structural and managerial issues such as lack of institutional planning, physical planning, environmental planning, professional marketing, autonomous management structure, and coordination among relevant authorities are the biggest challenges for the creation of sustainable tourism practices in the region.

  1. John Sadler, (2004), Chapter 7 – Sustainable Tourism Planning in Northern Cyprus – of “Coastal Mass Tourism: Diversification and Sustainable Development in Southern Europe”

The given source provides us with better understanding of the tools which are used to develop coastal mass tourism planning in a sustainable way.  Having the required tools and directives in order to manage the inclusion of mentioned 6 Hotels in the Karpaz coast, with a sustainable tourism planning, is an important issue, due to preserving the Karpaz area, whose strength lies in its natural beauty. This research provides for the political conditions of an unrecognized and unknown state for developing tourism. It analyzes the proposition of geographically and politically isolated state applying the alternative natural resource-based tourism objectives.

  1. Elena Ligay, (2011), “An Assessment of ‘Governance’ for Sustainable Tourism Development: the case of North Cyprus. “, Master Thesis for Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Eastern Mediterranean University.

“The assessment for Governance for Sustainable Tourism Development” is a master thesis by a tourism graduate student at Eastern Mediterranean University. It explains the EU and UN requirements for leading the tourism industry in Northern Cyprus. The assumption is that, North Cyprus lacks the favourable and effective environment/governance – political economic, legal, social – if such structure exists at all, to incorporate sustainable principles in its tourism development. This study argues that sustainability/sustainable development is best viewed as a socially instituted process of adaptive change in which innovation is a necessary element.

  1. Dr. Bulent Kanol, (2005), “Sustainable Tourism Development in Northern Cyprus and Prospects for Convergence”

Tourism sector can be a leading sector in Northern Cyprus economy and contribute to a healthy convergence of the two currently separate economies in Cyprus through adopting a sustainable tourism development based on quality and special interest tourism when there is a political solution. Furthermore, this paper focuses on cooperation in the area of tourism that  might be a leverage for a peaceful path to this solution process between Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus.

  1. World Tourism Organization, (1995). “What tourism managers need to know: A practical guide to the development and use of indicators of sustainable tourism”

This book intends to provide the information necessary to understand better tourism’s links with, and impacts on, the natural and cultural environments within which the industry operates, and on which it largely depends.

  1. World Tourism Organization, (1998). “Guide for local authorities on Developing sustainable tourism” 65-96.

This master guide presents concepts, principles and techniques for planning, developing and managing tourism which can be used by local authorities of Bafra and Karpaz region.

  1. Jonathan Warner (1999) North Cyprus: Tourism and the Challenge of Non-recognition, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 7:2, 128-145

Northern Cyprus has been slow to develop, giving an important opportunity to the Turkish Cypriot community to avoid the pitfalls of the south. The growth of interest in alternative forms of tourism worldwide presents an opportunity for development to take place even where political problems exist, and to be both environmentally sensitive and profitable. This paper explores the possibilities currently available to the Turkish Cypriots, and recommends that resources should be switched from traditional ‘sun, sand and sea’ tourism towards alternative types.

  1. Esra Gunsoy & Kevin Hannam (2012) Conflicting Perspectives of Residents in the Karpaz Region of Northern Cyprus towards Tourism Development, Tourism Planning & Development, 9:3, 309-320

Key factor for development in Karpaz region has its grounds in tourism. It is the beauty of unspoilt nature and well-preserved traditional lifestyle that has influenced the emergence of community tourism as the most appropriate product of Northern Cyprus government in promoting the region’s tourism. This paper researches on the conflicting attitudes towards tourism between Turkish settlers and Cypriot residents and the changing nature of the community due to migrations from the Mainland Turkey and its impact on social and cultural identity of Northern Cyprus.

  1. Esra Gunsoy & Kevin Hannam, (2013). Festivals, community development and sustainable tourism in the Karpaz region of Northern Cyprus, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 5:1, 81-94

The organization of festivals has recently been emphasized in the Karpaz region of Northern Cyprus as a strategy for sustainable tourism development. Community-oriented festivals are used as a tool for community development and the social construct of Cypriot identity to preserve the community, which is the focus of sustainable tourism development on the island.

 Research Questions for the case study of sustainable tourism development in Karpaz region, Northern Cyprus:

  • How can development of luxury hotels in Karpaz comply with the tourism sustainable strategy of Northern Cyprus?
  • How can policies be developed to preserve the natural beauty in Karpaz region in time of hotel construction?
  • How to preserve the Cypriot identity and community tourism in time of luxury tourism development?

Group members:  Miguel Angel Lozano, Gonzalo Adell, Ernest Samsonchyk, Viktor Husag

One Response to “Northern Cyprus – E4”

  1. Janne Liburd says:

    As mentioned in class, I think you’ve found some really useful sources and dilemmas that lie between saying versus doing STD.

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