Sustainable rural tourism development based on agricultural resources: the eco-inn initiative in Taiwan
AbstractRural tourism is often considered an economic alternative for rural areas facing decreasing profits and requiring a second or third economic footing. However, like other tourism activities, rural tourism results in a full range of environmental impacts. In particular, accommodation generates various environmental loadings and should be managed carefully. An eco-inn, the environmentally friendly accommodation based on organic agriculture, is proposed here and the practical experiences from Wan An Village are examined. According to the results, the idea of eco-inn is feasible, and it may suit not only in Taiwan but also other countries. In summary, an eco-inn is not only beneficial to environment, host community, and tourists, but also can contribute to sustainable development in rural areas such as eco-village formations.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology.
Volume (Year): 7 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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rural tourism; eco-inns; organic agriculture; ecotourism; sustainable tourism; sustainability; sustainable development; environmentally friendly accommodation; Taiwan; eco-villages.;
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