The Uzundere district, which is located in NE Turkey, has attractive rural tourism areas
with noticeable potentials and rural tourism development activities. This paper concentrates on
sustainability development of rural tourism. Sustainable tourism concentrates to conserve environmental and cultural resources and emphasizes on the responsibility of tourists and participation
of local people for economic growth of the region. In this study, Delphi method is used to identify
important factors for evaluating sustainable development of rural tourism in the Uzundere region. It
consists of thirty-three indicators in four dimensions: service quality, facilities, management system,
and results. Indicators are advisers for future tourism development activities at all levels of planning.
These indicators plainly reflect the situation of area tourism. In this study, a questionnaire was
prepared to evaluate the rural tourism developments in the Uzundere region, based on the Delphi
method. Expert opinions were taken with the participation of ten experts of the region. This study
showed that tourism development projects in this region are promising in order to achieve the goals
of sustainable rural tourism. In addition, in cases identified during the research, there is a need to
develop approaches and experiences to address the relevant shortcomings and deficiencies
Working as a faculty member at Atatürk University, Faculty of Architecture and Design since 1996. His areas of expertise are landscape planning and landscape design.
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