Special Issue "Rural Tourism and Community Development"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Interests: rural tourism, tourism management, service quality, business administration; small business; sustainable development; agriculture; sustainability; marketing management; customer satisfaction; entrepreneurship
Interests: value chain; agri-food supply chains; agribusiness; rural development; sustainable development; rural tourism; agricultural economy; cluster; tourism management; entrepreneurship
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Interests: sustainable tourism; outdoor recreation; natural resource and environmental economics; non-market valuation; quantitative research
In recent decades, tourism has become an important activity in numerous rural regions, enhancing the well-being of rural communities. Globalization, advanced technologies, and international competition has affected the rural economy and has led to the decrease of income from traditional rural farming, while non-farming activities have started to gain more space. In this context, rural tourism is an important key factor for prosperous socio-economic development of communities. Rural areas can be strengthened and revitalized only through proper and viable tourism based on sustainable development. Development of tourism influences the development of other sectors such as food processing and handcrafting, which can contribute to the well-being of the entire community. Sustainable tourism development is strongly related to local communities and their perceptions and attitudes towards tourism. At the same time, understanding local residents’ perceptions and expectations can facilitate strategies and development plans in order to maximaze the positive effects of tourism and minimize its negative ones. Tourists’ role in this process is also crucial through their behavior and interactions/values related to the historic and cultural heritage of the local communities and also through their expectations related to the quality of services. Authors are invited to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting theoretical and empirical studies addressing any of the above topics.
Dr. Iulia Cristina Muresan
Prof. Dr. Horațiu Felix Arion
Prof. Dr. Diana Elena Dumitraș
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- rural tourism
- sustainable tourism
- local communities
- tourism impact
- tourism enabling factors
- tourism policies