Agritourism describes the activity of holidaymaking in rural areas, specifically for those seeking a rural experience. Activities can include wine tours, outdoor sports, participation in the rural lifestyle and local community, enjoyment of the natural environment and the opportunity to enjoy truly locally produced food. Agritourism forms a significant proportion of the tourism sector, and its growth is set to continue in both developed and developing countries.The authors present the depth and variety of agritourism practiced around the world and cover all aspects of the economics and organization of agritourism. Topics discussed include agricultural economics, rural development, marketing, rural policy, different products and services available and the characteristics of agritourists.
Part I: An introduction to the economics of agritourism 1: The concept of agritourism 2: The economic and social importance of agritourism 3: Multifunctional Development of rural areas 4: Agritourist space Part II: The economics and management of agritourism 5: Agritourism Ventures 6: Regulations of agritourism activities 7: The organisation of an agritourism farm 8: The economics of agritourism enterprises 9: Cooperation of agritourist events 10: Agritourist services and products 11: Agritourists 12: Agritourism markets Part III: Agrotourist entities and enterprises 13: Agrotouristic pillars 14: Facilitating agritoursm 15: Accommodation 16: Mobility in agritourism 17: Agritourist farms and enterprises around the world 18: Agritourism on the edge 19: The agritourism characteristics of five countries of the world Part IV: Conclusions 20: Agritourism Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow