Rural tourism focuses on actively participating in a rural lifestyle. It can be a variant of ecotourism.
Many rural villages can facilitate tourism because many villagers are hospitable and eager to welcome (and sometime even host) visitors. Agriculture is becoming highly mechanised and therefore, requires less manual labour. This trend is causing economic pressure on some villages, which in turn causes young people to move to urban areas. There is however, a segment of the urban population that is interested in visiting the rural areas and understanding the lifestyle.
Rural tourism allows the creation of a replacement source of income in the non-agricultural sector for rural dwellers. The added income from rural tourism can contribute to the revival of lost folk art and handicrafts.
Relevance in developing nations
Rural tourism is particularly relevant in developing nations where farmland has become fragmented due to population growth. The wealth that rural tourism can provide to poor households creates great prospects for development.
Relevance in developed nations
This kind of touism exists in developed nations in the form of providing accommodation in a scenic location, ideal for rest and relaxation. There are many scenic towns that have become quaint spots for vacationers
Rural tourism is subdivided into:
- Agricultural tourism
- Tourism stays.
- Experiences and Experiential Tourism.
- Food Routes
- Sports Tourism.
- Community Ecotourism
Every country has its own troubles regarding poverty and a malfunctioning ecotourism. Observe and learn from others and try to “fix” your own problems close to home, before trying to fix others…..
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