Rural tourism an opportunity for sustainable tourism development

"Rural tourism is of great importance and emphasizes on the regional and local development policies," a university professor said.

Isfahan (IMNA) – "Rural tourism, as a recreational-social activity, has formed in England and Europe, in the second half of the 18th century. In the early second half of 18th century consistent with industrial revolution, relatively few people have access to facilities or even some people have no desire to travel to other cities; at that time, traveling to villages was very difficult, and often dangerous," Hashem Mousavi said.

"In the 19th and 20th centuries, journeying  to villages has become easy due to the transportation development and ease of long commute. The rapid growth of demand for rural tourism started in 1945. During that time, the rural tourism was the witness of a significant growth, and the international tourism saw a population growth, then the increasing demand for rural tourism has partly led to the tourism development," he added.

Saying that we cannot define the rural tourism exactly and accurately, he noted, "Simply, rural tourism can be defined as traveling to rural areas; there are many examples of performing tourism activities in these regions that attract tourist. Nature-based activities include festivals and heritage events, and the local community-based attractions, agricultural tourism, art and handicrafts exhibitions, and even local theater."

"Rural tourism does not include only agricultural tourism, but it includes all the activities that tourists can do in rural areas; therefore, it can be said that people visit villages for different purposes and by various motivations , and they participate in many tourism activities as well" he also said.

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