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Author Rodrigues, A.L.O.; Rodrigues, A.; Peroff, D.M. url  doi
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  Title The Sky and Sustainable Tourism Development: A Case Study of a Dark Sky Reserve Implementation in Alqueva: The Sky and Sustainable Tourism Development Type Journal Article
  Year 2015 Publication International Journal of Tourism Research Abbreviated Journal Int. J. Tourism Res.  
  Volume 17 Issue 3 Pages 292-302  
  Keywords Society; light pollution; sustainable tourism; rural tourism; Portugal; Alqueva; Dark Sky Reserve  
  Abstract This paper shows the development of a tourism product in a destination that uses the night sky as its main source of attraction. Using this innovative product has helped to create a distinctive image, which is likely to attract a more diverse range of visitors and has assisted in improving economic, social and environmental sustainability. First, we present an overview about sustainable tourism and the sky as a tourism resource followed by a case study, in Portugal, that illustrates the potential of Dark Sky activities for tourism development in rural regions.  
  Address CPES, Lisbon, Portugal; aurea108(at)gmail.com  
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  Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Place of Publication Editor  
  Language English Summary Language English Original Title  
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  ISSN 1099-2340 ISBN Medium  
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  Call Number IDA @ john @ Serial 2286  
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Author C-Sanchez, E.; Sanchez-Medina, A.J.; Alonso-Hernandez, J.B.; Voltes-Dorta, A. url  doi
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  Title Astrotourism and Night Sky Brightness Forecast: First Probabilistic Model Approach Type Journal Article
  Year 2019 Publication Sensors (Basel, Switzerland) Abbreviated Journal Sensors (Basel)  
  Volume 19 Issue 13 Pages 2840  
  Keywords Society; Astrotourism; Skyglow; night sky brightness; artificial neural networks  
  Abstract Celestial tourism, also known as astrotourism, astronomical tourism or, less frequently, star tourism, refers to people's interest in visiting places where celestial phenomena can be clearly observed. Stars, skygazing, meteor showers or comets, among other phenomena, arouse people's interest, however, good night sky conditions are required to observe such phenomena. From an environmental point of view, several organisations have surfaced in defence of the protection of dark night skies against light pollution, while from an economic point of view; the idea also opens new possibilities for development in associated areas. The quality of dark skies for celestial tourism can be measured by night sky brightness (NSB), which is used to quantify the visual perception of the sky, including several light sources at a specific point on earth. The aim of this research is to model the nocturnal sky brightness by training and testing a probabilistic model using real NSB data. ARIMA and artificial neural network models have been applied to open NSB data provided by the Globe at Night international programme, with the results of this first model approach being promising and opening up new possibilities for astrotourism. To the best of the authors' knowledge, probabilistic models have not been applied to NSB forecasting.  
  Address Management Science and Business Economics Group, University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh EH8 9JS, UK  
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  ISSN 1424-8220 ISBN Medium  
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  Call Number GFZ @ kyba @ Serial 2571  
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Author Mitchell, D.; Gallaway, T. url  doi
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  Title Dark sky tourism: economic impacts on the Colorado Plateau Economy, USA Type Journal Article
  Year 2019 Publication Tourism Review Abbreviated Journal Tour. Rev.  
  Volume 74 Issue 4 Pages 930-942  
  Keywords Society; tourism; Colorado Plateau; United States; astrotourism  
  Abstract This paper aims to examine the economic impact from dark-sky tourism in national parks in the USA on the Colorado Plateau. The Colorado Plateau is a region encompassing parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah that is known for its dark, star-filled night skies. Tourists in national parks are increasingly interested in observing this natural recreational amenity – especially considering that it is an ecological amenity that is quickly disappearing from the planet. Using a 10-year forecast of visitors to the national parks and using standard input-output modeling, it is observed that, for the first time anywhere, the value of dark skies to tourism in this area. The authors find that non-local tourists who value dark skies will spend $5.8bn over the next 10 years in the Colorado Plateau. These tourist expenditures will generate $2.4bn in higher wages and create over 10,000 additional jobs each year for the region. Furthermore, as dark skies are even more intense natural amenity in the non-summer months, they have the ability to increase visitor counts to national parks year-round and lead to a more efficient use of local community and tourism-related resources throughout the year.  
  Address Department of Economics, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA;  
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  Publisher Emerald Group Place of Publication Editor  
  Language English Summary Language English Original Title  
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  ISSN 1660-5373 ISBN Medium  
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  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number IDA @ john @ Serial 2684  
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Author Torabi, M.J. openurl 
  Title The Possible Potentials of Astrotourism in Caucasus Type Journal Article
  Year 2020 Publication Communications of the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 67 Issue 1 Pages 127-132  
  Keywords Astrotourism  
  Abstract Astrotourism is not a new topic, but it is certainly a title that has been in the forefront of tourismand astronomy for less than two decades. For nearly half a century, observatories and sciencecenters have been opening their doors to the public on special occasions, such as Astronomy Day.However, for less than a decade, astrotourism has been the constant presence of tourists alongsideprofessional astronomers, especially on weekends. They have made it possible by following allthe principles. Until the early 1990s, one of the most important countries in the world to hostthe world's largest astronomical observatories was the Soviet Union. The Caucasus region in theformer Soviet Union hosted very important observatories due to its high altitudes, pure nature, andvery low amount of light pollution and, of course, the proper weather in warm seasons. Byurakanin Armenia, Abastumani in Georgia, Shamakhi in Azerbaijan, and BTA-6 in Russia are the fourmain collections left from that period. Fortunately, nearly two decades after the independenceof the countries in the region, the restoration and updating of these observatories have been onthe agenda. One of the helping arms to accelerate the revival of these observatories is to takeadvantage of the potential of astrotourism; especially with the location of these three countriesnear Iran, which has one of the largest astronomy enthusiast communities in the region.  
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Author Derrien, M.M.; Stokowski, P.A. url  doi
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  Title Discursive constructions of night sky experiences: Imagination and imaginaries in national park visitor narratives Type Journal Article
  Year 2020 Publication Annals of Tourism Research Abbreviated Journal Annals of Tourism Research  
  Volume 85 Issue Pages 103038  
  Keywords Astrotourism; Society  
  Abstract Communities and protected areas worldwide have initiated programs to protect and promote dark night skies. Yet, limited research has explored how and why night skies become of interest or meaningful to people. Because night skies are literally beyond human reach, we focus on how visitors to a U.S. national park imagine night skies and invoke imaginaries that make night skies meaningful. Drawing from interviews, we examine how visitors use symbolic language, narrative, and other discursive practices to develop the social, cultural, and spatial contexts of their night sky experiences. Findings inform our understanding of imagination and imaginaries in tourism and recreation research, while offering new approaches to night skies research.  
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  Call Number GFZ @ kyba @ Serial 3118  
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