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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 339;

Social Perception of Rural Tourism Impact: A Case Study

Department of Psychology and Sociology, University of Zaragoza, Pza. Constitución s/n, 22001 Huesca, Spain
Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Zaragoza, Pza. Constitución s/n, 22001 Huesca, Spain
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Received: 1 December 2017 / Revised: 17 January 2018 / Accepted: 23 January 2018 / Published: 29 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Resources Economics)
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Rural tourism is based on the natural and cultural resources in an area that make it unique, with people as the main drivers. The main objective of this paper is to know the social perception about rural tourism impact in the Cinco Villas region (Aragon, Spain), analysing its evolution and effect on the territory. The theoretical approach is based on concepts such as rural tourism and its different elements from the perspective of sustainable local endogenous development. The research method chosen is the study case based on the Cinco Villas region. A combination of qualitative and quantitative instruments was used to research and achieve the aims of this study. A documentary analysis of the last ten years based on secondary data from institutional database sources was conducted. Primary data have been compiled from two different sources: semi-structured interviews with political leaders and tourism business people and participatory observation in focus groups. View Full-Text
Keywords: tourism; sustainability; rural areas; Cinco Villas region tourism; sustainability; rural areas; Cinco Villas region

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Sanagustin-Fons, V.; Lafita-Cortés, T.; Moseñe, J.A. Social Perception of Rural Tourism Impact: A Case Study. Sustainability 2018, 10, 339.

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