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Integrated rural tourism: a border case study

Saxena, Gunjan; Ilbery, Brian


Brian Ilbery


Within the context of debates about integrated and territorial approaches to rural development in Europe's lagging regions, this paper introduces the notion of integrated rural tourism, theorized in relation to the concepts of embeddedness, dis-embeddedness, endogeneity, and empowerment. The paper reports on qualitative research which explored the existence of such characteristics in rural networks operating among small businesses and resource controllers in the English-Welsh borders. It is argued that the creation of embedded and endogenous networks does not necessarily result in empowerment for all concerned. Complex issues of participation and inclusion remain central to the creation of equitable, sustainable, and integrated rural tourism.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008-01
Journal Annals Of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 233-254
Institution Citation Saxena, G., & Ilbery, B. (2008). Integrated rural tourism: a border case study. Annals of Tourism Research, 35(1), (233-254). doi:10.1016/j.annals.2007.07.010. ISSN 0160-7383
Keywords Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Development