TOURISM POLICY IN REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA: PAST ISSUES AND FUTURE CHALLENGES

Dejan Metodijeski, Kristijan Dzambazovski, Jasmina Andreeva, Oliver Filiposki, Emilija Todorovic

Abstract


Despite political turmoil and economic crises in various parts of the world, tourism is one of the successful stories of present time and has shown constant economic grown in past few decades. Tourism has significant social and economic benefits for different countries, and tourism policy created by various governments is one of the primary factors for the existence and development of tourism sector. The subject of this article is tourism policy in Republic of North Macedonia, as seen through the prism of historical development, past issues and future challenges. The article provides basic data for the country such as: territory characteristics, population, number of international tourists, tourism law and key tourism policy creators on national, regional and local level. Table showing government bodies responsible for tourism, national, regional and local tourism development strategies as well as tourism related legislation is used to prepare an analysis of tourism policy in the country. For the purpose of article, we use research methodology and secondary data sources by consulting official tourism development plans, government bodies and tourism laws in Republic of North Macedonia. An analysis and review of tourism development plans, government bodies and tourism legislative has been made, based on systematical evaluation of their actual content. The article concluding remarks are regarding the structure of tourism policy and how the policy makers determine prospects and directions of tourism development in the Republic of North Macedonia.


Keywords


tourism, tourism policy, North Macedonia, tourism development strategy

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