• Snežana Vujadinović University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade
  • Dejan Šabić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade
  • Mirjana Gajić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade
  • Rajko Golić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade
  • Lyudmila Kazmina Don State Technical University, Faculty of Service and Tourism, Department of Service, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Rostov-on-Don
  • Marko Joksimović University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade
  • Filip Krstić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade
  • Vladimir Malinić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade
  • Marko Sedlak University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography, Belgrade



tourism, theories of endogenous regional development, region, regional development


Tourism is a significant segment of development policy at the national level, and it is important in terms of contributing to the Gross domestic product (GDP) diversifying of economy, reducing disparities between regions, fostering development capital, and promoting regional development. Tourism greatly contributes to the sustainable development of a region and a unit of local self-government, in an environment where sometimes there are no other alternatives for achieving that goal. Theories of regional development and tourism have evolved over a similar period after the Second World War. The concept of regional development has undergone a significant transformation through various theories. The paper analyzes the main principles of the theory of endogenous regional development and the possibility of its application for tourism research as a development factor. Tourism development policy is often created by the views of these theories. The purpose of this paper is to indicate, based on the analysis of modern ideas and approaches to regional development, whether they are suitable for the study of tourism and which factors are decisive in achieving its development function. The paper points out certain elements of theories that can individually or together represent the theoretical basis for tourism development planning in regions and local government units.

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How to Cite

Vujadinović, S., Šabić, D., Gajić, M., Golić, R., Kazmina, L., Joksimović, M., Krstić, F., Malinić, V., & Sedlak, M. (2023). TOURISM IN THE CONTEXT OF CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Journal of the Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” SASA, 73(3), 355–370.