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Assessing the Role of Urban Tourism in Economic-Environmental Development of the City of Babolsar
Saeid Ebrahimnia Samakoush 1, Ali Khaksari 2, Gholamreza Latifi 3, Mohammad Damadi 4
1- M. A. in Urban Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences and Communications Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran
2- Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty of Social Sciences and Communications, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran
3- Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty of Social Sciences and Communications, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran
4- M. A. in Civil Engineering (Structure), Faculty of Civil Engineering Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Mazandaran, Iran
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Nowadays, tourism industry, as one of the premium developing industries, plays an important role in the economy of countries and takes an active and effective part in improving cultural-social and environmental structure of the host country. Considering the increasing importance of tourism in the development of communities, the current research intends to make an investigation into the effect(s) of tourism on economic-environmental development of the city through the lens of the citizens and the officials of the city of Babolsar. The current research is applied, purpose-wise, and is descriptive, correlational, and upon surveying, method-wise. The data has been collected via documents and library sources as well as the researcher-developed questionnaire, observations, and interviews with related organizations and the heads of the households in the city of Babolsar. Upon Pearson Correlation Coefficient and Kendall-b tests, the results show that tourism has significant effects on economy and in addition to employment and income-providing, has resulted in increase in prices and property speculation. Environmentally, tourism has decreased farmlands, changing them into buildings, and increased services, pollution, ecology-destruction, and has made it easier to have access to cities. Thus, via proper planning and efficient utilization of tourists entry, it is possible to improve economy of the city, resulting in improvement in the city’s environment.

Keywords: urban tourism, sustainable tourism, tourist attractions, economic-environmental development, Babolsar
     
Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2013/06/25 | Accepted: 2013/08/3 | Published: 2013/09/22
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Ebrahimnia Samakoush S, Khaksari A, Latifi G, Damadi M. Assessing the Role of Urban Tourism in Economic-Environmental Development of the City of Babolsar. IUEAM. 2013; 1 (3) :17-31
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فصلنامه علمی-پژوهشی اقتصاد و مدیریت شهری Journal of Urban Economics and Management
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