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Special Issue "Rural Tourism, Rural Development and Rural Resilience"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability of Culture and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Anat Tchetchik

Department of Business Administration, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, 84105, Israel
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Interests: environmental, agricultural, rural, and regional economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Rural tourism
  • Rural development
  • Rural resilience
  • Diversification

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Open AccessArticle Rural Tourism Accommodation Prices by Land Use-Based Hedonic Approach: First Results from the Case Study of the Self-Catering Cottages in Asturias
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1688; doi:10.3390/su9101688
Received: 2 August 2017 / Revised: 18 September 2017 / Accepted: 19 September 2017 / Published: 22 September 2017
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This study analyses the impacts of environmental amenities associated with agricultural and silvicultural land use on the price of rural tourism accommodation in Asturias (Spain). A hedonic price model that relates the price of rural accommodation to environmental amenities as well as equipment,
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This study analyses the impacts of environmental amenities associated with agricultural and silvicultural land use on the price of rural tourism accommodation in Asturias (Spain). A hedonic price model that relates the price of rural accommodation to environmental amenities as well as equipment, services offered, and the locational characteristics of the accommodation is estimated. The rural accommodations in the study are the self-catering cottages, the intrinsic features of which promote the development of rural tourism sustainability. Geographic information systems (GIS) data are used to measure the location and the proximity to amenities of these self-catering cottages. The main results indicate that agricultural land use has an important impact on the price of accommodation in self-catering cottages. Specifically, a high percentage of grassland in the municipality where the self-catering cottage is sited has a positive effect on rental prices, while a high percentage of arable crops has the opposite effect. The analysis is interesting for decision-making in the context of environmental policies, land use conflict resolution, and rural tourism sustainability. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rural Tourism, Rural Development and Rural Resilience)
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Open AccessArticle Rural Destination Development Based on Olive Oil Tourism: The Impact of Residents’ Community Attachment and Quality of Life on Their Support for Tourism Development
Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1624; doi:10.3390/su9091624
Received: 24 July 2017 / Revised: 1 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 13 September 2017
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Residents are an essential part of tourism destinations, which makes gaining a deeper understanding of residents’ attitudes towards tourism development necessary because their favourable attitudes can contribute to destinations’ success. This study sought to understand to what extent rural residents’ perceptions of tourism
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Residents are an essential part of tourism destinations, which makes gaining a deeper understanding of residents’ attitudes towards tourism development necessary because their favourable attitudes can contribute to destinations’ success. This study sought to understand to what extent rural residents’ perceptions of tourism development in their region affect their intention to support further tourism development. The present research also focused on the influence of the variables of community attachment and perceived quality of life on the relationship between residents’ perceptions of and intentions to support this development. This study concentrated on the case of olive oil tourism development in the Sierra de Gata and Las Hurdes districts in Spain. To test the proposed model, the data were collected from a sample of 245 residents in this region. Partial least squares was used to assess the model’s accuracy. The results highlight the importance of residents’ perceptions and their community attachment and perceived quality of life to destination managers who plan and develop tourism projects. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Young Farmers’ Perceptions about Forest Management for Ecotourism as an Alternative for Development, in Puebla, Mexico
Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1134; doi:10.3390/su9071134
Received: 16 April 2017 / Revised: 20 June 2017 / Accepted: 21 June 2017 / Published: 28 June 2017
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The incorporation of young farmers’ perceptions about ecotourism is important for decision-making. This was an exploratory and descriptive research project aimed at understanding young farmers’ views of a community-based ecotourism (CBE) project. Q methodology was used on a population of young adult farmers,
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The incorporation of young farmers’ perceptions about ecotourism is important for decision-making. This was an exploratory and descriptive research project aimed at understanding young farmers’ views of a community-based ecotourism (CBE) project. Q methodology was used on a population of young adult farmers, of a small community in the state of Puebla. Three factors reflected their views: There was a group of people who wish to stay in Mexico to pursue the ecotourism project, but lack capabilities. A second group included young farmers who perceive ecotourism as a conservation project, but want to migrate to the United States. The third group was composed of people who envision ecotourism as a source of income for the community’s women. The analysis elicited an important inquiry in relation to environmental inter-generation: what kind of development are future generations pursuing? Full article
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Open AccessArticle Measuring the Economic Impact of Rural Tourism Membership on Local Economy: A Korean Case Study
Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 639; doi:10.3390/su9040639
Received: 17 January 2017 / Revised: 22 March 2017 / Accepted: 13 April 2017 / Published: 18 April 2017
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The implementation of rural tourism membership can aid in boosting economic growth in rural areas. This study examines households’ preferences for rural tourism experience in association with sales of local agricultural products. Using a choice experiment method developed by experimental designs, this paper
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The implementation of rural tourism membership can aid in boosting economic growth in rural areas. This study examines households’ preferences for rural tourism experience in association with sales of local agricultural products. Using a choice experiment method developed by experimental designs, this paper examines households’ preferences to trade off purchasing costs of local agricultural products against various benefits provided by the rural tourism membership. The methods utilized in this paper represent an effective approach to evaluate the value of local tourism resources and the influence of these resources on the local economy. In empirical estimation we applied econometric approaches that allow for different preferences by incorporating income and residence effects into the models. Findings reveal that respondents place a premium on tourism attributes such as invitation seats and outdoor adventure tickets when choosing a tourism membership. We also find that the economic impacts associated with inducing higher-level tourism membership are substantial. This paper illustrates the potential for the development of a strategy associated with rural tourism management to enhance the local economy. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Perspective of Sustainable Rural Tourism in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK): Comparative Study of β and σ Convergence in the Economic Development Regions
Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 525; doi:10.3390/su9040525
Received: 21 January 2017 / Revised: 18 March 2017 / Accepted: 24 March 2017 / Published: 30 March 2017
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Tourism is an activity which globally develops proportionally with the evolution of progress. The opportunities we enjoy are bigger than ever, but their price should be lowered in order for the global society to develop its wealth. This can be performed by sustainability,
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Tourism is an activity which globally develops proportionally with the evolution of progress. The opportunities we enjoy are bigger than ever, but their price should be lowered in order for the global society to develop its wealth. This can be performed by sustainability, a concept which will join in the future all economic activities, not only tourism. Our analysis is focused on the specific case of the UK, one of the main tourist destinations in the world. It is well known that cultural tourism is the form attracting the highest number of foreign visitors. However, we can see the importance given to rural tourism. The main methods used to perform the present analysis are β and σ convergence. They proved their efficiency in other research studies, which led to a high degree of accuracy of the results. β and σ convergence analysis is performed on a sample of 12 Economic Development Regions from the UK, among which we will determine the degree of convergence and divergence of sustainable rural tourism. Full article
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