Sustainable Development for Rural Areas: A Survey on the Agritourism Rural Networks

Ammirato, Salvatore and Felicetti, Alberto M and Della Gala, Marco and Frega, Nicola and Volpentesta, Antonio P (2017) Sustainable Development for Rural Areas: A Survey on the Agritourism Rural Networks. In: Collaboration in a Data-Rich World. PRO-VE 2017. IFIP Advances In Information and Communication Technology, 506 . Springer International Publishing, pp. 564-574. ISBN 9783319651507

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Abstract

The topic of sustainable growth is becoming central in the debate over the rural development policies. Rural communities can completely fulfil the new challenges in the area of sustainability only with the implementation of innovative forms of collaborations among their business networks. In this work, we consider a particular form of business collaboration arising within rural communities, namely Agritourism Rural Network (ARN). In an ARN, a farm, providing agritourism activities, represents a touchpoint between a network of business and organizations in a rural area and tourists interested in enjoying the local territory. With the aim to deeper the extend of the agritourism phenomenon in a rural region and the potential of the related ARNs in being means of sustainable development, we report main results of an empirical survey carried out in 2016 on a sample of 105 agritourism farms all belonging to the same region (Calabria, Italy). Results confirm our intuitions about the importance at farm level of setting agritourism activities and their impact for the ARN related to the farm and for the sustainable development of a local community as a whole.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is the published version of a paper submitted to the Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises PRO-VE 2017: Collaboration in a Data-Rich World. © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable development; Agritourism; Collaborative network; Agritourism Rural Network; ICT
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G154.9 Travel and State. Tourism
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 12:14
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2018 19:51
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5326

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