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Title: Developing and applying a framework for agritourism
Author: Flanigan, Sharon
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 894X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2011
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There has been limited focus on the potential of 'agritourism' in Scotland, in terms of research and policy. In order to improve understanding of agritourism in practice, it is important to ensure that a link is made to theory. However, the agritourism literature revealed a lack of consistency and shared understanding in terms of what defines agritourism. To the agritourism literature this thesis contributes a novel agritourism framework based on three key characteristics. These three characteristics relate to: the nature of visitor interaction with agriculture; whether or not the product is based on a working farm; and whether or not the visitor experiences authentic working agriculture. The framework for agritourism is a flexible conceptual frame of reference, and can also be used as a research tool (the 'typology-based approach') to inform and facilitate agritourism research. In the context of the typology-based approach, interpretations of agritourism identified from the literature were consolidated with providers' and visitors' understanding of the concept in an empirically-based agritourism typology. Subsequently, the empirically-based typology was used to facilitate an investigation of supply and demand-side drivers of agritourism in Scotland. As a result, it has been possible to identify key relationships between supply and demand, and policy-relevant implications for agritourism in Scotland. Simultaneous analysis of agritourism supply and demand represents a novel approach in the context of the agritourism literature. In its predominant form, agritourism has been shown to generate a range of private benefits for agritourism providers and visitors in Scotland. However the potential of agritourism in niche forms extends even further, in terms of its potential to simultaneously generate private and public benefits, including increased public awareness of food and farming, sales of farm (and local) produce, and implementation of agri-environmental measures by the tourism market.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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