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Volume XV |

The Standardization of the Services in Farm-stay Tourism – The EuroGites Method as a Possible Solution

Abstract: This study assessed conceptual terms of farm-stay tourism through connection with the criteria of quality of services. Based on best practices and experiences from the European countries, the European Federation of Rural Tourism (EuroGites) has established common quality assessment standards for accommodation units in rural areas. Criteria of established standards are grouped into five clusters: equipment, surroundings, services at the accommodation and its surroundings, non-material aspects and security. This paper aims at a comparative analysis between the minimal conditions for international and domestic markets, through the assessment of the farm-stay tourism quality segments. In this respect, the research has been conducted in the selected villages in Vojvodina Province (Northern Serbia) by using EuroGites methodological instrument. The main hypothesis of the paper was based on the estimation that quality of farm-stay tourism in Vojvodina Province is measurable by the extent to which they comply with the EuroGites criteria in the domestic and international level. The results showed that the three sub-hypotheses are confirmed, and two of them are disproved. The research findings represent a useful tool for obtaining information about many aspects of quality in farm-stay tourism and, with slight modifications, it can be used in various areas of quality research.

Volume XV |

Cultural Routes – Cross-border Tourist Destinations within Southeastern Europe

Abstract: Cultural routes may become interesting tourist destinations because of their thematic and traveling experience, making connections to renown places, events and personalities. The process of forming cultural routes as tourist products is considered a new principle of protection, revitalization, use and presentation of cultural heritage. Europe in particular is rich in cultural heritage originating from different historical epochs. This is why within the renown and most visited cultural routes were formed in Europe. There are 32 pan-European cultural routes, of which several routes cross Southeastern Europe. This article aims to examine the interrelation of the cultural routes within Southern Europe with those from the entire Europe. The main goal is to determine to what extent their connection to the existing routes contribute to the tourism promotion of SEE states, making them the cross-border tourist destinations.

Volume XIII |

Tourist events in Serbian part of Banat

Abstract: In this paper tourist events organized in the area of Serbian Banat are studied. They represent the base for initial development of tourism, but also some other economic activities in this underdeveloped region. Those events are mostly based on tradition, folklore and customs (ethnographic by type) and agricultural production (fairs, exhibitions). However, there are also a number of multicultural events (artistic, ethnographic and religious events), based on fact that this space is multiethnic in character. In Serbian part of Banat, in 2013, about 416 traditional tourist events were organized.