Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Can Tourism Related Activities Contribute?

Petrevska, Biljana and Terzić, Aleksandra (2020) Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Can Tourism Related Activities Contribute? In: Handbook of Research on Agricultural Policy, Rural Development, and Entrepreneurship in Contemporary Economies. IGI Global: Hershey PA, USA, pp. 354-377.

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The study examines the concept of resilient societies that are emerging recently by opening the question of social empowerment and willingness to cope with uncertainties. It presents a comprehensive review on the issue of real contribution of tourism based economies within rural communities. The study evaluates the basic preconditions for tourism related activities in sampled rural areas in North Macedonia and Southern and Eastern Serbia, being particularly vulnerable in terms of social and economic issues (aging, poverty, migration and depopulation). The concept of ‘sustainable rural livelihoods’ is further enlightened, and many recommendations are noted. Generally, rural tourism should be focused on providing additional financial input, but also seek a way to attract tourists in periods with low agricultural activity. The vitality and prosperity of the village itself does not rely on tourism activity only, but rather on the natural resources and human capital, thus providing sustainable livelihood for the residents.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This research was supported by the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” – Belgrade, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, within the project “Evaluation of preconditions for tourism activities in rural depopulated areas – a comparative study between Macedonia and Serbia”.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilient societies, Rural development, Rural communities, Alternative economies, Diversification, Households, Tourists, Countryside.
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics
Depositing User: Biljana Petrevska
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 10:09
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 10:09

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