Tourism potential of neglected small rural areas

Petrevska, Biljana and Dimitrov, Nikola (2020) Tourism potential of neglected small rural areas. In: Geobalcanica 2020, 12-13 May 2020, Ohrid, North Macedonia.

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Rural areas, particularly small villages, often provide interesting and almost forgotten aspects for own and regional development. On the other side, they struggle with many negative profound impacts in terms of depopulation, aging and migration, along with economic depression and poor agricultural activity, causing inevitable change on their further development. This study illustrates three villages in the Vardar region of North Macedonia (Nežilovo, Oreše and Papradište) being identified as particularly vulnerable to already noted processes. Based on a first-hand experience and data collected from a field research, the sampled villages are evaluated as locations with high tourism potential. Upon a rapid assessment, it was found that selected rural areas may find compatible and prospective economic activity that may encourage diversification of rural activities. In this line, the paper suggests that rural tourism may boost the local economy and prevent rural areas to be neglected. It is concluded that rural tourism should be considered as a long-term solution for preventing further abandonment and to encourage the vitality of sparsely populated rural areas.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT This research is part of the project “Evaluation of preconditions for tourism activities in rural depopulated areas – a comparative study between Macedonia and Serbia”, carried out 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.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural transformation; Tourism development; Rural potential; North Macedonia
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social and economic geography
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics
Depositing User: Biljana Petrevska
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 06:46
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 06:46

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