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Rural tourism: the evolution of practice and research approaches – towards a new generation concept?

Lane, Bernard; Kastenholz, Elisabeth

Journal of sustainable tourism -- Routledge -- Volume: 23 8-9; (pages 1133-9|CHRONI=2015|DATE=20151021|PAGES=1133%1156) -- 2015

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  • Title:
    Rural tourism: the evolution of practice and research approaches – towards a new generation concept?
  • Author: Lane, Bernard;
    Kastenholz, Elisabeth
  • Found In: Journal of sustainable tourism. Volume 23:Number 8-9(2015); 20151021; 1133-1156
  • Journal Title: Journal of sustainable tourism
  • Subjects: Tourism; Sustainable development; LCSH: Tourism; LCSH: Sustainable development; Dewey: 338.479105
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract:

    This paper charts the evolution of rural tourism in the developed world as an alternative tourism form, popular since the 1970s with the market and with policy makers as a rural regeneration and conservation tool. It outlines parallels with the Butler tourism area life cycle: emergence; volume growth, complexity and geographical spread; followed by problems arising from increasing competition, lack of governance and leadership, societal change and technical developments. Research responses to rural tourism's growth and change are examined, analysing 1848 articles published since 2000 by interrogating Scopus to reveal responses by subject category and geographic distribution. The papers in theJournal of Sustainable Tourism’s new rural tourism Special Issue are discussed, noting how researchers have explored the conversion of rural tourism from sightseeing to numerous experiential activities, together with papers discussing governance, leadership, networking, product development and marketing. The paper concludes by calling for the research-led creation of a New Generation Rural Tourism, based on informed destination development and management, better understanding of markets and modern marketing, and professional approaches to holistic and sustainability enhancing management. The formation of an international rural tourism research group to explore, assist and assess New Generation Rural Tourism is suggested.

  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 0966-9582
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100037980875.0x000001

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