Ecovillages as A Destination and A Study of Consumer Approaches to Ecovillages

Adalilar S. N., Alkibay S., ESER Z.

2nd Global Conference on Business, Economics and Management and Tourism (BEMTUR), Prague, Czech Republic, 29 - 31 October 2014, vol.23, pp.539-546 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 23
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s2212-5671(15)00561-4
  • City: Prague
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.539-546
  • Keywords: Sustainable Tourism, Ecotourism, Ecovillage, Sustainable Living, Consumer Expectations.
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Ecovillages are models of sustainable settlements in cultural, ecological and economic context. There are several scientific studies related to ecovillages in other countries; however, there are no such studies in Turkey. This study is aimed to examine the consumer perceptions, attitudes and preferences regarding ecovillages. Based on 420 surveys with domestic and foreign consumers in Turkey, the findings revealed that, ecovillages are generally preferred by people who are between the 35-54 years old, and have high level education and income. "Being a sustainable life style" and "Having an authentic experience in a rural area" are identified as the most important factors that influence consumers' demand for ecovillages. Findings also manifested that transportation to the ecovillage accommodation, supporting services and attractions are the important factors for consumer pereferences. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.