Special Issue "Rural Tourism, Rural Development and Rural Resilience"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018
The second half of the 20th century showed an intensive development of rural tourism in many developed, as well as undeveloped, economies. Its emergence is attributed to a transformation that the countryside underwent, spurred by technological advance and changing market conditions. This transformation has led to substantial environmental damage and a sharp drop in farming income. Eventually, the policy context shifted from expansion and modernization of agricultural production toward diversification, environmental protection, and extensification. Within the sphere of diversification, rural tourism has become an important element, as reflected by generous subsidies and support that are granted to rural-tourism-related projects in the EU and the OECD. Several decades after its emergence, rural tourism is demonstrating rapid growth in terms of both number of visitors and revenue. This raises some questions in particular, whether, and to what extent, the “role” that was attributed to rural tourism as a panacea for rural development was fulfilled.
This Special Issue aims to discuss various impacts of rural tourism on rural development and rural resilience. For example, under what circumstances can this activity become unsustainable? What policy measures may be capable in promising its sustainability? How does rural tourism effect the rural environment? What kind of externalities rural tourism incurs on the rural environment? How does rural tourism interact with agricultural production? Does rural tourism help keep farms viable, as originally was believed? If the claim that visitors to the rural tourism have negative preferences to see working farms is correct, what will be the results of excessive exiting from agriculture on rural development and rural resilience?
We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting comprehensive reviews, case studies, or research articles that focus on scientific methods and innovatively statistical analyses. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Dr. Anat Tchetchik
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- Rural tourism
- Rural development
- Rural resilience