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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 XI |

Tourism evaluation of IBA areas in the Serbian part of Banat

Abstract: On the territory of the Serbian part of Banat there are registered 9 internationally important bird habitats (Importan bird areas-IBA), which are an important resource of bio diversity, but also a significant market potential that can be marketed through tourism. The paper is based on Hilary du Cros model evaluation and analyses the tourism sector and management of IBA sites, investigating to what extent they are attractive to activate the tourism industry. In this way, we established utility value of IBA habitats with emphasis on qualitative and quantitative characteristics of subindicators.

Volume X |

The ‘Museum Night’ Event – the Demographic Profile of the Visitors in Serbia

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to consider the differences in the structure of visitors in tourist events, depending on the place of holding. The “Museum Night” tourist event was first held in Germany (Berlin) in 1997, with the aim of popularizing cultural tourism and museum complexes. This touristically considerable event has been very popular and frequented in Serbia since 2005. At first it was held only in Belgrade, when in the year 2007, gradually, other cities also joined the programme. Therefore, a public opinion poll was carried out for the purposes of this paper (analysis according to age, sex structure and economic activity). The sample of the population was divided into three age groups. The research, at the territorial level, included the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad.