The Recreational use Value in Spanish Protected Natural Landscapes: Proposal for a Nature Park “Serranía de Cuenca”

Document Type: Original Research Paper

Authors

1 Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain

2 Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, University of Almería, Almería, Spain

3 Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain

Abstract

Environmental protection is not at odds with the proper use of all the offered possibilities.
Along these lines, the touristic products available to the consumer has increased exponentially over the last
few years which has made it possible to convert territorial and patrimonial resources into significant elements
of recreational use put into value at service of the consumer. Surveys on the recreational usage value in
protected national parks are still incipient in Spain and so it is highly recommendable analyse what their future possibilities are and what applications are feasibly achievable. If the various options are taken into account for evaluating the natural resources currently available to tourists, this paper examines a proposal for studying the values of the recreational use of the “Serranía de Cuenca” national park, which occupies more than fifty thousand hectares in the Province of Castilla-La Mancha. Taking into consideration that large number of varied tourist segments that it is possible to encounter in a market, protected natural landscapes have become truly differentiating elements in a quality touristic offer that strictly meets the most demanding sustainability
criteria.

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