HOW TO PLAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CYCLE TOURISM? – EXAMPLE OF ISTRIA COUNTY
Cycle tourism is one of the most interesting tourism products because it can be developed in very different regions. Over the last few years within the framework of European projects, national and regional organisations, international routes like EuroVelo and other routes and trails from local to international level have been developed and promoted. The objective of this paper is to summarise the lessons from the creation of an operational plan for cycle tourism at regional level in the case of Istria County. Istria County, as the most developed tourist county in Croatia, began to develop cycle tourism in the middle of the nineties of the last century. Compared to other regions in Croatia, the County of Istria has many cycling trails and routes. Also, for a growing number of tourists, cycling is one of the important motives for their arrival in Istria. In the design of the cycle tourism development plan, a number of stakeholders were involved. The involvement of stakeholders was very important since the development of cycle tourism can have a significant impact on a large number of stakeholders in the region.
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