1. bookVolume 6 (2014): Issue 4 (December 2014)
24 Feb 2009
4 Hefte pro Jahr
access type Open Access

Rural Tourism As Promoter Of Rural Development – Prospects And Limitations: Case Study Findings From A Pilot Projectpromoting Village Tourism

Online veröffentlicht: 30 Dec 2014
Seitenbereich: 270 - 296
Eingereicht: 02 Apr 2014
Akzeptiert: 26 Sep 2014
24 Feb 2009
4 Hefte pro Jahr

The article questions where and how rural tourism (with special focus on small scale village tourism) that is often focused on in rural development initiatives can contribute to rural development in the light of the OECD’s ‘new rural paradigm’. For this purpose theoretical findings from research about tourism and factors of success of rural development processes are combined and reflected against findings of empirical research conducted in five eastern German rural regions. It is shown that although tourism might, in the majority of rural regions, induce only small economic impacts - which indicate failure as a factor for regional development - it can cause important non-economic implications. Thus, even in regions not suitable for tourism, tourism can function as a vehicle for rural development. Thereby it is important to develop a suitable strategy and consider the specific regional situation and potentials of success.


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