Vanya Vasileva – Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen, 115 Universitetska str., Bulgaria

Dora Kabakchieva – Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen, 115 Universitetska str., Bulgaria 

Sustainable development;
Protected territories;


Abstract: Stara planina tourist area covers the central part of the country, along the mountain with the same name. It includes 32 municipalities from 10 districts. Gabrovo district is the only one that falls entirely within Stara planina tourist region. Stara Planina tourist region is one of the most attrac­tive regions for tourism in Bulgaria and one of the few that have almost year-round tourist activities. The outline of the area includes the mountain of the same name, but also the Pre-Balkan. This fact predetermines the exception­al richness and diversity of natural tourist resources. The region specializes mainly in mountain tourism, including recreation, mountain trekking, rural and ecotourism. There is an urgent need to identify and evaluate the pros­pects for sustainable development of tourism in the region. The purpose of the present study is to valorize the natural tourist resources of Gabrovo dis­trict and to provide guidelines for their sustainable use.

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Vasileva, V., & Kabakchieva, D. (2023). Natural Tourism Resources in Gabrovo District (Bulgaria). In V. Bevanda (Ed.), International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2023: Vol 7. Conference Proceedings (pp. 243-248). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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