Special Issue "Rural Tourism"

A special issue of Tourism and Hospitality (ISSN 2673-5768).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022 | Viewed by 676

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabio A. Madau
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Department of Agriculture, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy
Interests: agricultural economics; rural development; agro-environmental economics; farm management; productivity and efficiency estimation
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Prof. Dr. Corrado Ievoli
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Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences, University of Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Interests: agricultural economics; rural development; assessment of public programmes; value chains and enhancement of local resources; perception of food consumers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Broadly speaking, rural tourism refers to the movement of people to rural areas to carry out several activities, based on nature, on agriculture, and on rural lifestyles. Thus, rural tourism may be related to various forms of environment and countryside, small towns, and some kind of interaction with the local population (concerning their work activities, their cultural heritage, etc.).

In recent years, this form of tourism has grown significantly in several world regions. The reasons of this growth can be linked to both the demand and supply. The tourist flows are looking for new forms of experiences outside of traditional circuits, and their “new” needs are often “inspired” towards sustainability and responsibility principles. These needs have probably been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, for example increasing the search for less crowded places. In relation to its complexity, from the point of view of supply, a wide range of “rural touristic products” can be identified and developed, some centred on “adventurous” or sport practices, some on food tasting and cooking, some on artistic experiences, some on social rituals, etc. In all these products, the different forms of hospitality—in particular small accommodation facilities—play a crucial role. 

The new trends in tourism demand have been considered an important factor in promoting local development of rural areas and to lead socio-economic and environmental changes in them. Rural tourism can offer job opportunities to rural populations, but also to maintaining the rural landscape, to enhance local heritage, to create new value in agriculture, to guarantee family employment, to include women in paid work, etc. Rural tourism is increasingly considered as an element of revitalization of depressed areas, as well as an opportunity for diversification of local firms, especially in case of farms.

In this context, several policies have been developed, at various scales, aiming to promote rural tourism.  Nonetheless, it is difficult to set universal guidelines for such kind of interventions, considered the need to comply with specific areas and communities.

This Special Issue aims to attract innovative contributions, both from scholars and stakeholders, to provide theoretical and empirical analysis on rural tourism by the supply, demand, and institutional perspectives. The editor encourages original research, review articles, notes, and commentaries with particular reference to submission that take into account economic, social, cultural and environmental implications related to rural tourism, also in an interdisciplinary approach.

Dr. Fabio A. Madau
Prof. Dr. Corrado Ievoli
Guest Editors

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  • rural tourism destinations and flows
  • rural tourism experiences and products
  • rural small accommodation facilities
  • rural tourism and consumers’ needs
  • tourism and multifunctional farms
  • rural lifestyle, culture and tourism
  • covid-19 and tourism reshaping
  • rural areas and cultural heritage exploitation

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Rural Tourism in and after the COVID-19 Era: “Revenge Travel” or Chance for a Degrowth-Oriented Restart? Cases from Ireland and Germany
Tour. Hosp. 2022, 3(2), 399-415; https://doi.org/10.3390/tourhosp3020026 - 28 Apr 2022
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Focusing on rural destinations and calling on the evolutionary resilience concept as a theoretical lens, this paper investigates whether COVID-19 provokes “revenge tourism” after periods of lockdown or whether the pandemic can be used as a chance for a degrowth-oriented restart that forms [...] Read more.
Focusing on rural destinations and calling on the evolutionary resilience concept as a theoretical lens, this paper investigates whether COVID-19 provokes “revenge tourism” after periods of lockdown or whether the pandemic can be used as a chance for a degrowth-oriented restart that forms the foundation for a more sustainable tourism sector. Analysing tourism data and documents regarding political and economic actors’ actions in two rural destinations in Ireland (Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark) and Germany (Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve), the study reveals that so far, neither “revenge travel” nor a degrowth-oriented restart of tourism can be identified. Rather, current development indicates that the two rural destinations show resilience in the sense of bouncing back to the pre-COVID-19 era and a continuation of further growth-oriented rural tourism as far as possible under the conditions of political COVID-19 measures. As this development will not allow the sector to genuinely come to grips with the negative ecological and sociocultural effects of rural tourism, the paper pleads for initiation of a debate about influencing business realities on a supranational level, and in this context, about the value of rural tourism destinations and possible forms of financial compensation for degrowth in rural tourism. Full article
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