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Sustainable rural tourism development based on agricultural resources: the eco-inn initiative in Taiwan


  • Nae-Wen Kuo


Rural 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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  • Nae-Wen Kuo, 2008. "Sustainable rural tourism development based on agricultural resources: the eco-inn initiative in Taiwan," International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(3), pages 229-242.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijarge:v:7:y:2008:i:3:p:229-242

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