SRP-C2 /14: INTERRЕLATIONS BETWEEN TOURISM AND CULTURE – DEMONSTRATING CULTURAL PRACTICES PRESERVING IDENTITY IN SOUTHWEST BULGARIA – project, financed under Regulation № 9
Cultural impacts resulting from the development of traditional forms of tourism have certain lasting effects on host communities. They arise as a result of the ongoing direct and indirect interrelations with tourist services, as for various reasons, host communities often suffer negatives. Especially where tourism development brings changes in values and behavior, thus endangering local identity. Responds to community structures, family and gender relations, customs, traditional way of life, moral principles .
The study of the ongoing interrelations between culture and tourism in this context is admirable field for scientific work. The emphasis on Southwestern Bulgaria and in particular on Blagoevgrad to great extent increases the project proposal relevance. Primarily with the view that the region has a industries priority-oriented towards tourism. On its territory there are well known established tourist destinations such as Sandanski, Melnik, Bansko, etc.
Therefore, this project sets a primary goal to identify those effects of tourism, which cause change or loss of local identity and values guiding the research in three main areas , namely: (i) commercialization of local culture , (ii) cultural standardization ( iii) adapting culture according to tourists expectations. And on this basis we intent exploring traditional practices that preserve cultural identity of the area and represent them in a classified catalog. The student community involvement in the project research work will increase student satisfaction of their ongoing training in Department of Economics at Southwestern University. Where, as an additional result can be the educational process promotion in the Department of Economics at the market of educational services, as well as increasing its competitiveness on regional and European level.
The project implementation will contribute to faculty and students research activity increase, as research studies are planned to be presented at international scientific forums.
Scientific research projects financed by University Fund "Scientific research and staff development”
of submitted project proposals on Regulation No. 9 for 2012
I. Category “Projects of the basic units of the SWU"
- “Financial stability in crisis conditions”, Head Prof. Dr. Chavdar Nikolov
- “Creation of a collection book in economic history” – Head Prof. Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov
II. Other projects
- International scientific conference“Two-speed Europe – is it possible?" Jointly with the Faculty of Law and History, Head Prof. Dr. Gancho Ganchev
- International scientific conference “Cultural road Via Pontica – cultural tourism without borders" – Head Prof. Dr. Georgi Georgiev
- “Socio-cultural aspects of the relations between students and lectures in an academic environment” Head Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mariya Stankova