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Seeking Gastronomic, Healthy, and Social Experiences in Tuscan Agritourism Facilities

Department of Economics, University of Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(1), 2; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9010002
Received: 25 November 2019 / Revised: 14 December 2019 / Accepted: 26 December 2019 / Published: 30 December 2019
There is a growing desire among tourists to improve their lifestyle and pass their vacations in areas with a strong local gastronomic heritage. Indeed, one of the most important factors that drives visitors to choose an agritourism facility for their vacation is the pull of good food and wine. This manuscript examines visitors’ evaluations of their time spent in Tuscan agritourism facilities with particular focus on the cuisine, the health benefits, and the social experience. The analysis is based on a representative sample of 1886 reviews posted by visitors from all over of the world on the websites of 60 agritourism facilities that operate in Tuscan municipalities. By exploring visitor evaluations, which consist of an overall rating of their agritourism experience and separate ratings for the cuisine, the physical environment, and the service, this paper expands the scope of previous studies into food and drink management development as a way of attracting new visitors, by providing additional information on the distinctive characteristics of the local cuisine on offer. Results indicate that visitors—above all families—prefer an agritourism facility that offers authentic local cuisine and beverages and also offers them the possibility of spending time outdoors in destinations with a rich culinary heritage. Visibility of the main attractive attributes of agritourism facilities and the local cuisine through websites is needed in order to drive consumers in their vacation choices and to allow these structures to consolidate their place in the food and drink market. View Full-Text
Keywords: food vacations; motivational factors; Tobit regression; visitors’ typologies; word-of-mouth food vacations; motivational factors; Tobit regression; visitors’ typologies; word-of-mouth
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Fanelli, R.M. Seeking Gastronomic, Healthy, and Social Experiences in Tuscan Agritourism Facilities. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 2.

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