Tourism development in Serbia: On the way to sustainability and European integration

  • Violeta Orlović-Lovren University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department for Andragogy, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Tijana Crnčević Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Saša Milijić Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia, Belgrade, Sebia
Keywords: tourism policy; environment; sustainability; European integration


The aim of the paper is to contribute to improvement of tourism policy and practice in Serbia towards defining and implementing sustainability principles and meeting European integration requirements. It encompasses short review of international implications on Serbian tourism policy and legislation. Current policy and its sustainability are analyzed using two indicators: application of integrated (cross sector) and local community approach, with particular focus on tourism, environmental and planning documents. There is general orientation towards sustainability and involvement of local community into the planning and implementation of projects in the field. Precisely defined mechanisms for public participation and integrated approach, first of all mainstreaming of environmental issues into tourism strategic document, are preconditions for reaching country's sustainability goals and EU integration orientation. Points that should be improved are suggested and the need for mutual cooperation and capacity development of stakeholders at all levels, including further international support, strongly advocated.


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