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Title: Tourism carrying capacity assessment for Phong Nha - Ke Bang and Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province
Authors: Tran, Nghi
Nguyen, Thanh Lan
Nguyen, Dinh Thai
Dang, Mai
Dinh, Xuan Thanh
Keywords: Tourism;Carrying capacity;Limiting factor;National park;Beach
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: p. 80-88
Abstract: Recently, tourism activities in Quang Binh Provincehave been growing rapidly, especially since the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park was certified as the World Natural Heritage in 2004. Among the tourist sites of Quang Binh, Phong Nha and Dong Hoi tourism centers are the two places which attract the largest numbers of visitors. The rapid but unplanned tourism activities have been creating various social and environmental concerns. If appropriate planning measures are not derived from the consideration of the carrying capacities of these sites, tourism centers will be overloaded, tourism quality will bedegraded and therefore the benefit obtained from tourism activities will be reduced. This paperpresents the tentative establishment of a method to calculate the environmental carrying capacities of three basic omponents: ecological, economic and social. As the results, the carrying capacitiesof several tourism activities are quantitatively evaluated for Phong Nha tourism center. The resulting carrying capacities for Phong Nha cave sightseeing, ecotourism forest hiking and cable carridding are 43893, 1450 and 33000 visits per day respectively. With respect to the Dong Hoi tourism center, the carrying capacities of local beaches are 71000 visits per day. These estimates can be used as the preliminary benchmarks for later tourism planning of the two tourism centers: Phong Nha - KeBang and Dong Hoi.
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