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Kostas E. Sillignakis –

“Rural Tourism Development for the Prefecture of Lassithi in Crete.”

1.0 INTRODUCTION TO PROBLEM STATEMENT AND PURPOSE OF STUDY Over the last two decades or so, the whole world has experienced rapid changes and socioeconomic transformations. The socioeconomic changes affected and caused severe stress mainly to isolated, peripheral and rural areas of the world. However, the changes in economic and social culture structure of the world caused decreased farm revenues, changing in the farmland values and high rates of unemployment, leading to mass exodus of the productive forces and lack of balance in the demographics of rural areas (Gannon, 1993).

It is obvious from the above that the need of rural areas for socioeconomic development and regeneration along with the need for diversification of their economic base so as to meet the changes is today greater than ever. In that sense, tuned to be a promising industry and one of the main sectors that national and local governments support and promote as a vehicle for revitalization of the rural areas.

The development of rural tourism was followed by the changes on tourist’s demands and behavior. Tourism in rural areas offers the potentials for alternative, individual and more authentic tourism experiences satisfying the needs of the experienced and highly demanded “new” tourists. In addition there is a demand for tourism and recreation activities in the countryside that is different than that of traditional resorts and mass tourism destinations (Page et al., 1997).

The motivation behind of this project is based on the fact that during the last few decades the growth of Greek tourist industry has been dramatic. Traditional tourism development, concentrated in coastal and mountain resorts, urban and cultural centers, has proven that tourism can bring enormous benefits to the economy, society and environment of a certain area. However at the same time there is a realization that certain parts of the

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country have been left behind in development. Given their resources in the form of build and natural environment they are increasingly seems as areas for rural tourism development. The Greek government is currently promoting rural tourism in order to sustain local economies, and to enhance employment and growth. Although rural tourism is regarded as a new feature of the Greek supply of tourism opportunities, in recent years demands for holidays in small villages and the countryside has increased significantly in many rural regions of the world.

The local of this research is a peripheral area of Greece, called Prefecture of Lassithi. It is located in the Eastern part of the biggest island of Greece, the Cretan island. Even though that rural tourism is in its infancy in the region, prefecture of Lassithi provides a unique opportunity for the study of rural tourism for the purposes of this research.

The research project will therefore seek to explore and investigate the following: •

To examine the extent to which rural tourism contributes to the economy of the prefecture of Lassithi in Crete.

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To identify and evaluate the demand for rural tourism at the prefecture of Lasithi.

To identify and evaluate if the supply meets the demand for rural tourism at the prefecture of Lassithi.


“Traditional, agriculture and forestry were central to rural life. They were the major employers of labor, the main sources of income within the rural economy and indirectly had a powerful influence on traditions, power structures and life styles” (Lane, 1994: 17)

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There is not one common definition of rural anywhere in the literature and the various definitions that exist differ not only in scale but also in philosophy. While many countries use specific...
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