Plastic Reduction as Part of Sustainable Golf Tourism in Slovakia

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Technická Univerzita v Liberci
Technical university of Liberec, Czech Republic
Sustainable tourism in golf is playing an increasingly important role in efforts to minimise the negative social and environmental impacts of the sport. Golf resorts typically partner with local suppliers, creating jobs for local residents, providing opportunities for local communities and investing in local education and infrastructure. In economic terms, golf tourism contributes to destination development. Tourists coming to a golf resort contribute to the local economy through accommodation, dining, and leisure activities. The increased flow of tourists creates new opportunities for business development. All of these factors contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the destination. The aim of the paper is to define the concept of sustainability in golf tourism and its impact on the environment. The sustainability aspect in golf tourism seeks to reduce its environmental footprint through various measures including water management, energy, waste minimization and biodiversity conservation. Golf resorts are implementing eco-friendly practices such as irrigation systems using rainwater, limiting the use of pesticides and especially reducing plastic. In this way, they seek to minimize the impact on the environment and ensure its long-term sustainability. In this paper we have chosen the methodology of bibliometric analysis of scientific production on the topic of sustainable tourism in the Golf Web of Science database. Since 1996, we identified 50 articles published in scientific journals. Environmental impact is the most numerous content. Therefore, we further address the environemntal issue in the Slovak Republic environment. Based on empirical research, we have found that the most successful project in the field of environmental measures is the introduction of a mandatory deposit system, which has contributed most significantly to reducing the amount of plastic on golf courses in Slovakia.
golf, sustainable tourism, waste management