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by    Hamamcioglu, Cenk & Yenen, Zekiye & Çekiç, Tuba İnal | chamamci@yildiz.edu.tr   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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The organization of tour routes constitutes a contradiction to comprehensive planning. In this paper a counter approach will be discussed - opposing to modern tourism that orients visitors to a specific destination such as an archeological site.
Disintegration Due to Mass Tourism
Case of Coastal and Internal Zones of Northern Aegean District

The objective of this paper is to discuss the disintegration between several parts (in different scales) of destination areas due to mass tourism. As an interesting destination point, Bergama constitutes the subject matter of the paper. Bergama is a modern settlement including an urban conservation area where Turkish, Rum (Anatolian Greek people), Armenian and Jewish population settled down the slopes of a famous Hellenistic city of Pergamum. Besides, the Bakırçay Plain / Region, where Bergama is a dominating city, hosts the potentials of health tourism, sun-sea-sand tourism, alternative tourism such as rural tourism, plateau tourism and so on.

Being a research project* in context of the re-organization of the tourism economy in that region, the analysis and investigations were held in August 2005 and March 2006. During these observations it was examined that only the archeological site, Pergamum, has been included among the travel-tour routes within the (internal zone of) Bakırçay Plain and any of the distinctive settlements possessing potentials could not benefit from the mass tourism flows nearby and let to be neglected. As a fact, it is aimed to consider the necessity for a complementary hinterland planning and corroborative policy-management issue.

Therefore, through the paper, in the process of related conceptual framework, the ‘disorganization of tourism’ problem will be expressed and will be discussed. Hereupon concerning the subject, the potentials will be formulated and an overall proposals beginning from upper scale, namely Bakırçay Plain to Bergama townscape through the divergent characteristics will be put forward.

*the research project is supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and Scientific Research Foundation of Yıldız Technical University
mass tourism X alternative tourism, re-organization of tourism economy in coastal and internal zones, Northern Aegean Region
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