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About this book
About this book
Although there has been an increasing interest in rural tourism in terms of research, training and teaching, its conceptualization and the relationships between concept and strategy are still poorly represented and not well understood. The need for such a critical understanding is particularly crucial now as rural areas experience rapid change and as tourism is viewed as a potentially key element of development and regeneration. This book provides an interdisciplinary perspective and overview of the latest conceptual thinking on, and the evolving strategic roles of rural tourism, bringing together a wide range of case studies from the UK, Norway, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Poland and New Zealand by way of illustration. In doing so, it provides readily accessible material drawn from a range of environmental and cultural contexts and draws attention to the nature and interrelationships between local and global issues in rural tourism and development.
Context: Tourism and the countryside - dynamic relationships, Derek Hall, Lesley Roberts and Morag Mitchell. Conceptualisation: New directions in rural tourism impact research, Steven Boyne; Rural tourism and sustainability - a critique, Richard Sharpley; What is managed when managing rural tourism? The case of Denmark, Anders Sorensen and Per-Ake Nilsson. Experience: Encouraging responsible access to the countryside, Lesley Roberts and Fiona Simpson; The host-guest relationship and its implications in rural tourism, Hazel Tucker; Animal attractions, welfare and the rural experience economy, Derek Hall, Lesley Roberts, Francoise Wemelsfelder and Marianne Farish; Authenticity - tourist experiences in the Norwegian periphery, Mette Ravn Midtgard; Rural tourism and film - issues for strategic regional development, W. Glen Croy and Reid D. Walker. Strategy and Management: Strategy formulation in rural tourism - an integrated approach, Hans Embacher; Networking and partnership building for rural tourism development, Alenka Verbole; Integrated quality management in rural tourism, Ray Youell; The role of education in the management of rural tourism and leisure, Patricija Verbole; Ecotourism for rural development in the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, Donald Macleod; Relationships between rural tourism and agrarian restructuring in a transitional economy - the case of Poland, Lucyna Przezborska. Conclusion: New directions in rural tourism - local impacts and global trends, Lesley Roberts, Morag Mitchell and Derek Hall.