The Changing Face of Tourism: Recreational (Rural) Tourism
Tue, 29/11/2011 - 16:19 — Chris
Recreational, or Rural, Tourism is a phrase that we often hear talked about or mentioned online, but finding a definition, or someone that can explain what it is cane pretty tough.
Richard Reeder and Dennis Brown in Recreational, Tourism and Rural Well-Being argued that while many claim that tourism offers seasonal, unskilled, low-wag jobs that depress local wages and income, combining recreational development and tourism attracts significant numbers of seasonal and permanent.
First then what are we going to call it: Recreational or Rural? Personally I prefer the term Rural, as Recreational sounds far too similar to Sport Tourism to me, plus Wikipedia has a definition for Rural Tourism!
"Rural tourism allows the creation of an alternative source of income in the non-agricultural sector for rural dwellers."
In recent years Rural Tourism has been dominated by developing nations who's farmland had become fragmented due to population growth, with the USA also a prime source of this type of tourism: wine tours, eco tours, and seasonal events.
In recent years small rural towns across Europe and the UK have started to explore their heritage and natural assets to develop local businesses, not least the holiday rental property market for those wanting to partake of Rural Holiday: self catering farmhouses, old style cottages in traditional villages, or in Spain traditional rustic barns in wine growing regions.
As our recent Market Trends Report showed, people are still prepared to spend money on a holiday, but they want to feel that they are getting good value, not wasting their time sitting around 'doing nothing', learning something, and above all relaxing and enjoying their surroundings, which is why so many people are now considering rental holiday homes as the base for their rural vacation.