Agritourism offers farmers the possibility of diversifying and generating additional income through on-farm touristic activities in order to help supplementing their low agricultural income. This helps to maintain the viability of active farms and rural communities. The more general understanding of agritourism states that agritourism activities support and promote agricultural resources, traditions and culture. Following this line of thought, agritourism results to be a successful example of sustainable tourism that has gained importance over the years.
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The 2020 International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA)
The 1st International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) will be held October 27-29 2020 at the Hilton Burlington Hotel in downtown Burlington, Vermont, USA. The University of Vermont Extension local host committee is working on developing an exciting program for participants which will include educational sessions on pertinent industry topics, poster presentations, hands-on workshops and farm tours, networking events, and time with our exhibitors and sponsors. Mark your calendar and make plans now to attend!
Agritourism has a long tradition in South Tyrol. As early as in the 19th century, wealthy citizens from Bolzano and Merano spent their holidays in the surrounding mountain villages. Today, approximately 2,800 of a total of 20,000 farms also offer tourist services, representing a significant density with respect to other regions in the world. From mountain farms with livestock to fruit growing farms and wineries, the region boasts a comprehensive and high-quality selection of tourism offers. In this way, rural tradition and culture can be experienced in some of the most beautiful places in the country.
Agritourism is an important supplementary income for the farmers, which can contribute to the sustainable development of South Tyrol’s small-structured agriculture. The brand “Roter Hahn” supports the farmers in the marketing of their tourist offer a successful model which has attracted the interest of delegations from all over the world since 1999.
Sustainability is also a central issue of Eurac Research. With a multidisciplinary approach, scientists address regional issues and develop solutions which can then be applied elsewhere in the world. The researchers at the Institute for Regional Development study and promote sustainable development strategies for mountain areas as an economic region, living space and adventure area.