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Wellness tourism research : bibliometric study of the scientific field
Milica Rančić Demir, Mila Zečević, 2022, review article

Abstract: The paper presents the results of a bibliometric analysis of academic research covering the field of wellness tourism. The purpose of the article is to identify the structure of relationships between topics that were current in the past and topics that are current now. The aim of the research was to better understand the development of the field of wellness tourism, important constructs, authors, and resources with the help of bibliometric methods. For detailed research of the field of literature on wellness tourism, some two set bibliometric strategies were used: co-citation and keyword co-occurrence. In our bibliometric mapping of the wellness tourism research field, we have investigated the scientific production of articles over the years, the most important journals in the field, and keyword co-occurrence patterns. The obtained results of the study showed a significant increase in the number of publications related to wellness tourism. When it comes to the importance of individual journals, we have identified the 20 best journals that have published the most articles in this field. In wellness tourism research, we identified four clusters: health tourism research, tourism research, wellness topics, and wellness tourism research.
Keywords: wellness tourism, bibliometrics, keyword co-occurrence, literature review
Published in DKUM: 22.02.2024; Views: 26; Downloads: 1
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How do job-related constructs determine employee turnover? : Serbian hotels example
Marija Cimbaljević, Milena Nedeljković Knežević, Dunja Demirović Bajrami, Milosav Dunjić, Hamid El Bilali, Milica Rančić Demir, 2020, original scientific article

Abstract: In the hospitality industry, employee turnover is extremely high. It is often caused by minimal growth opportunities, intensive work, lack of flexibility, limited opportunities for promotion, lack of recognition, etc. Investment in human resources, strategies that maintain an adequate workforce and improve employee engagement is quite justified cost with multiple returns. The specific issue is that hospitality leaders often do not know the relationships between employee satisfaction, employee motivation and employee engagement, which may be the basis for understanding their intention to leave the job. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the three job-related constructs: motivation, job satisfaction, and work engagement, as well as to examine their impact on employee turnover. The results confirmed a positive relationship between job satisfaction and motivation, satisfaction and work engagement, as well as the relationship between motivation and engagement. On the other side, the results showed that job satisfaction, dedication, and vigor negatively predict employee turnover. The findings may provide hotel managers with a foundation to understand this issue and assume where to direct their research and how to improve job conditions.
Keywords: job satisfaction, motivation, work engagement, employee turnover, hotel employees, Serbia
Published in DKUM: 26.01.2024; Views: 88; Downloads: 2
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Role of tourism in promoting geothermal energy : public interest and motivation for geothermal energy tourism in Slovenia
Barbara Pavlakovič, Milica Rančić Demir, Nejc Pozvek, Maja Turnšek, 2021, original scientific article

Abstract: From household geothermal heat pumps to industrial geothermal heating and electricity production, geothermal energy is one of the most promising future climate change mitigation areas. This paper aims to analyse the potential role that the tourism industry has in the promotion of geothermal energy. Although general knowledge and understanding of geothermal energy is often relatively low, geothermal energy tourism has the potential to encourage the public to use and learn about geothermal energy and its applications. The paper first provides a theoretical conceptualisation of geothermal energy tourism at the energy production level and energy usage level. Empirical results from an online survey amongst a sample of the Slovenian population show that there is a reasonably strong interest in geothermal energy tourism, correlating with the public image of geothermal energy. The study furthermore identified three main motivational factors for energy tourism: the first is "Knowledge," followed by "Having fun," with the lowest level on the motivational factor being "Self-recognition." The paper finally provides future recommendations on geothermal energy tourism as a tool for wider public acceptance but also knowledge on the potential risks of geothermal energy as a sustainable energy source.
Keywords: climate change mitigation, geothermal energy, industrial tourism, energy tourism, public interest, social acceptance
Published in DKUM: 23.01.2024; Views: 74; Downloads: 8
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Bet on health : conference review
Milica Rančić Demir, 2021, review, book review, critique

Abstract: The goal of the International Conference Bet on Health was to unite the leading researchers and practitioners so that the chief subject of this conference could be the problems related to sports, well-being, and health, and the role that local authorities/communities have when it comes to planning, implementing, and evaluating policies and practices connected to public health issues. It also served as a further interdisciplinary meeting for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the latest trends and innovations, but also the issues and practical challenges and solutions accepted in the area of health promotion and well-being, sports, and local politics.
Keywords: health, sport, well-being, local community
Published in DKUM: 22.01.2024; Views: 83; Downloads: 5
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Most prominent topics in wellness tourism research : topic modelling analysis
Mila Zečević, Milica Rančić Demir, 2022, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Abstract: This paper presents a brief overview of the development of the wellness tourism literature. In addition, an analysis and presentation of the topics that appear within this literature field are given. The purpose of this research was to point out the relevant topics that have attracted research efforts over time. In order to detect these topics, we have selected wellness tourism literature articles from Web of Science. Our analysis used topic modelling tools using a machine learning algorithm in Python. The results imply the distinction between two main research topics within wellness tourism literature – wellness and health and medical research. Such differentiation also matches the development of the wellness tourism research field itself.
Keywords: wellness tourism, literature, topic modelling, health, medical
Published in DKUM: 17.01.2024; Views: 68; Downloads: 3
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Tourism experience in accessible tourism : designing a mobile application for the deaf and hard of hearing
Tjaša Alegro, Marica Ilić, Milica Rančić Demir, 2022, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Abstract: How someone experiences a tourist experience depends on several factors. This article will focus on ways to ensure active participation and thus a pleasant and memorable experience for people with disabilities, specifically people with hearing problems – the deaf and hard of hearing. With the development of ICT technology, the possibilities for developing tourist products intended for the deaf and hard of hearing are even greater and can be friendlier to them. Various mobile applications complement a city’s tourist products and services and are more than a welcome help for people with special needs. With an innovative Design Thinking method suitable for planning projects or designing services or products intended for end users, we designed an idea for a mobile application for Ljubljana that is tailored to deaf and hard of hearing tourists, as Slovenia does not yet have a similar application. We designed the product idea based on an overview of good practices. Through five phases of the Design Thinking method, we analysed the indispensable elements of the mobile application for deaf and hard of hearing tourists and evaluated it through the HEART framework matrix developed for user experience assessment.
Keywords: experience, measuresaccessible tourism, deaf, hard of hearing, Design Thinking
Published in DKUM: 17.01.2024; Views: 73; Downloads: 7
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Preface
Maja Borlinič Gačnik, Milica Rančić Demir, 2022, preface, editorial, afterword

Published in DKUM: 17.01.2024; Views: 78; Downloads: 4
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Adapting the wellness offer in Slovenian spas to the new COVID-19 pandemic conditions*
Milica Rančić Demir, Barbara Pavlakovič, Nejc Pozvek, Maja Turnšek, 2022, original scientific article

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a markedly negative impact on global tourism and, on the other hand, has offered new opportunities for researchers to analyze the resilience of the tourism industry in such conditions. Recently, several scientific articles have emerged claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic could represent an opportunity for significant changes in tourism. This refers to changing practices at several levels and spreading new ethical principles. The pandemic has also made people aware of the importance of “well-being”. Even without a pandemic, wellness tourism has been one of the fastest-growing types of tourism in recent years. In all parts of the world, including Slovenia, natural spas have tried to adapt to new conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our analysis confirms that visitors to Slovenian spas strongly support introducing new/alternative activities and thus the dispersion of visitors to several locations. They showed the greatest interest in visiting nature in the vicinity of spas, which is also expected as a result of the closure during the pandemic. The purpose of our article is to give suggestions for offering alternative activities in Slovenian natural spas. However, adapting the wellness offer in spas should ensure that the basic traditional principles of wellness are maintained.
Keywords: Wellnes, offer, Slovenia, spas, COVID-19
Published in DKUM: 16.01.2024; Views: 95; Downloads: 8
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Dobro počutje, velneške in zdravstvene storitve : dobrobit turistov na destinacijah
Milica Rančić Demir, Katja Kokot, 2023, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Abstract: Potovanja v vseh oblikah prispevajo k vsem vidikom človekovega zdravja, vključno s fizičnimi, duševnimi in socialnimi koristmi za dobro počutje posameznika. Velneški turizem zajema potovanja z namenom ohranjanja ali izboljšanja dobrega počutja, medtem ko je zdravstveni turizem širši izraz za potovanja, osredotočena na zdravljenje in uporabo zdravstvenih storitev. Čeprav se ti vrsti turizma razlikujeta po vrsti storitev, ki jih turistom ponujata, imata eno skupno stvar: težnjo po izboljšanju zdravja in dobrega počutja turistov na destinaciji. Zaradi vse hitrejšega tempa vsakdanjega življenja in negativnih učinkov stresa se povečuje pomen skrbi za zdravje in dobro počutje. Posledično se danes povečuje povpraševanje po zdravstvenih in velneških storitvah. Zdravilišča in terme v Sloveniji predstavljajo idealno mesto za razvoj ponudbe, ki učinkovito odgovarja na to povpraševanje, saj je termalna voda, eden od bistvenih elementov velneškega razvajanja, osnova ponudbe v vseh zdraviliščih. Tako zdravstveni kot velneški turizem sta med najpomembnejšimi turističnimi panogami v slovenskem turističnem gospodarstvu, saj predstavljata velik delež prihodkov od turizma.
Keywords: velneški turizem, dobro počutje, zdravje, zdraviliški turizem, destinacija
Published in DKUM: 06.10.2023; Views: 166; Downloads: 19
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Potentials and possibilities for a holistic-glamping site in Pomurska region of Slovenia : 1st Cycle Academic Bachelor's Studies Graduate Thesis
Sona Shaji, 2022, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: Glamping, camping the luxurious way of has the potential to provide a unique experience. Glamping is the best alternative for the people who want to have an outdoor experience but at the same time a comfortable stay. This study aimed to develop a marketing plan for a holistic-glamping site in Pomurska region of Slovenia. A structured questionnaire was used to survey (N=201) potential glampers and campers online. The results have indicated that tree houses and cabins are the most preferred type of accommodation facilities indicated by the respondents who also prefer to have their glamping sites in the mountains or near river streams. Luxury and closeness to the nature are always the main identified characteristics of glamping. But the accommodation facilities should contain luxury while also the same time minimal infrastructure as it should not damage the environment with a lot of infrastructures. In addition, the respondents preferred anti-stress treatments, contact with nature, new experience, and authenticity in the holistic glamping. Relaxation and adventure are the main motivations that motivate the people to do glamping in Pomurska. Because of its focus on understanding glamping from the perspective of potential customers, this paper contributes to broadening the conceptual understanding of glamping and provides a platform for further research.
Keywords: Glamping, Holistic, Nature-based tourism, Ecotourism, Luxury
Published in DKUM: 30.06.2023; Views: 440; Downloads: 57
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