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Culinary Tourism as An Effective Strategy for a Profitable Cooperation between Agriculture and Tourism

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Department of Business Management and Sociology, Research Institutes, LAB 0L3, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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Department of Business Management and Sociology, School of Business Studies and Tourism, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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Department of Applied Economics, Agrifood Campus of International Excellence, ceiA3, University of Córdoba, Córdoba 14071, Spain
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(3), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9030025
Received: 22 January 2020 / Revised: 26 February 2020 / Accepted: 26 February 2020 / Published: 2 March 2020
The relationships between tourism and agriculture have traditionally been studied due to the positive impacts they can potentially have on the development of rural economies. This research puts forward a new interpretation of the cooperation between these two sectors, involving culinary tourism as a key factor. An empirical study was carried out and 720 tourists were interviewed while visiting the city of Cáceres, Extremadura, in south-western Spain. Results show that (i) food and traditional gastronomy are the main motivators of modern tourists, (ii) their income level is above average, (iii) tourists who travel with a culinary motivation are more likely to consume, in their daily diet, traditional products from the visited destination, generating positive impacts to the destination over the long term. The paper reaches significant conclusions on the management and marketing of destinations and the development of traditional rural economies. View Full-Text
Keywords: culinary tourism; rural economies; agriculture; tourism management; rural development culinary tourism; rural economies; agriculture; tourism management; rural development
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Di-Clemente, E.; Hernández-Mogollón, J.M.; López-Guzmán, T. Culinary Tourism as An Effective Strategy for a Profitable Cooperation between Agriculture and Tourism. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 25.

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