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Do Rural Policies Impact on Tourism Development in Italy? A Case Study of Agritourism

Version 1 : Received: 17 July 2018 / Approved: 18 July 2018 / Online: 18 July 2018 (00:29:49 CEST)

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Giaccio, V.; Mastronardi, L.; Marino, D.; Giannelli, A.; Scardera, A. Do Rural Policies Impact on Tourism Development in Italy? A Case Study of Agritourism. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2938. Giaccio, V.; Mastronardi, L.; Marino, D.; Giannelli, A.; Scardera, A. Do Rural Policies Impact on Tourism Development in Italy? A Case Study of Agritourism. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2938.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 2938
DOI: 10.3390/su10082938

Abstract

This paper investigates how and to what extent European and national policies, through the analysis of financial support derived from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) (First and Second Pillar) and national and local subsidies, have financed Italian agritourism. For this purpose, the authors have proposed a comparative analysis between Italian agritourism and farms without tourism activities, by stressing the distribution of public financial supports concerning the 2007-2013 programming period of the European Union (EU) for Rural Development. The empirical analysis is based on the Italian Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) dataset. The data were stratified by altimetry zone and farm size. Descriptive statistics and the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for each group were used. The main results show how the Second Pillar has mainly supported small and medium-sized farms with tourism activities and located in disadvantaged areas. This study could be useful to policymakers regarding evaluation of the mission for diversification in agriculture, represented here by the carrying out of tourist activities on farms and the contribution for the retention of small-scale farms in marginal areas.

Subject Areas

agritourism; sustainability; rural policies; FADN; Italy

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