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Perceptions of Agritourism and Cooperation: Comparisons between an Island and a Mountain Region in Greece

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Mytilene 81100, Greece
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Sustainability 2019, 11(3), 680; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030680
Received: 17 December 2018 / Revised: 7 January 2019 / Accepted: 19 January 2019 / Published: 28 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agritourism in Mountain Regions)
The lack of understanding and definitional inconsistencies regarding agritourism and the importance of cooperation in sustaining this kind of tourism are underlined in the literature. This study analyzes the perceptions of agritourism and cooperation from actors in the sector using a plurality of methods, including unsupervised (a) text mining and (b) sentiment analysis with the use of a lexical database, as well as (c) supervised qualitative data analysis. Based on the assumption that destinations with different geographic characteristics have different features and products, two different destinations as for its accessibility and tourism recognition were selected for comparison: (a) an island—Lesvos in the North Aegean Sea, and (b) a continental mountain region—Plastiras Lake, in Greece. The data were collected from personal in-depth interviews and with the use of semi-structured questionnaires. From a methodological perspective, all three methods provided unique insights on the study’s themes, and the overall image of agritourism and cooperation was positive. A common understanding seems important for cooperation and networking; however, training is needed not only for effective promotion of agritourism, but also for cooperation techniques, benefits, trust-building mechanisms and best practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: agritourism; cooperation; text mining; sentiment analysis; QDA; Greece agritourism; cooperation; text mining; sentiment analysis; QDA; Greece
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Karampela, S.; Papapanos, G.; Kizos, T. Perceptions of Agritourism and Cooperation: Comparisons between an Island and a Mountain Region in Greece. Sustainability 2019, 11, 680. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030680

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Karampela S, Papapanos G, Kizos T. Perceptions of Agritourism and Cooperation: Comparisons between an Island and a Mountain Region in Greece. Sustainability. 2019; 11(3):680. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030680

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Karampela, Sofia, George Papapanos, and Thanasis Kizos. 2019. "Perceptions of Agritourism and Cooperation: Comparisons between an Island and a Mountain Region in Greece" Sustainability 11, no. 3: 680. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030680

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