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Agrotourism - A Sustainable Development for Rural Area of Korca

Keywords: agro tourism , impacts , regional development , rural tourism

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The term agro-tourism emerged in the late twentieth century. It includes agricultural farms that are related to tourism. This notion represents all activities related not only to tourists but also to the organizers of the holidays in general. Agro tourism is very important for rural communities as well as urban areas. It can provide several advantages: income, employment, use accommodation, activities, natural resource conservation, recreation and education. But the main problem for many countries is the low level of farm income. Agro tourism intends to obtain higher standards of living for rural communities especially through increased income for people who work in agriculture.There are five main forms of rural tourism which bring benefits both for tourists and for the local community. Natural tourism, which is mainly preferred for its recreational value. Cultural tourism, which is mainly related to culture, history and archeology of the area destination. Ecotourism, as a form of tourism that presents natural resources while maintaining the values and local population welfare. Village tourism, where visitors live and enjoy the various activities of peasant life. Agro tourism, in which tourists see and participate in traditional agricultural practices without destroying the ecosystems, the host bases. Development in Korca region is one of the main priorities of the regional strategy. The study will be focused on four villages: Dardhe, Voskopoja, Vithkuq and Prespa. We will see the advantages and weaknesses of rural tourism development in these areas, as well as their benefits. We will also see a study about the residents’ perceptions of the tourism development in the area and of the agro- touristic behavior of the tourists there.

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