DEVELOPING RURAL WELLBEING TOURISM IN PUGLIA REGION, ITALY. IS NOW THE RIGHT TIME?

  • Aluculesei, Al-C
  • Avram, D
Abstract:
Italy is one of the most representative tourist destinations worldwide. Its wide range of attractions makes both urban and rural spots to be visited annually by millions of tourists. Tourism also supports the local economy and helps local communities from less developed regions to diversify their sources of income. Puglia is one of the Italian regions where local authorities encourage the development of tourist activities, especially those specific to the ecotourism niche, as a real alternative to agriculture. In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, ecotourism can represent the solution for a faster economic recovery of the southern region of the country that was dramatically affected by the lockdown imposed by the authorities in the first part of 2020. Based on the wellness tradition from the region and the international reputation of the Termes from this area, Puglia region can develop the concept of rural wellbeing tourism and promote a more sustainable tourist model. The present paper analyses the potential of Puglia region to introduce in its offer rural wellbeing tourism packages taking into account the profile of a spa and thermal center in the area in terms of structure and business model. The results were obtained by applying a structured questionnaire in one of the most representative thermal units in the region and the answers were interpreted using Qualitative Content Analysis. The results show that Puglia region could thrive the concept of rural wellbeing tourism and adapt it to the particularities of the area. Adopting such an innovative tourist concept that is based on a sustainable way to explore natural resources would have a significant impact on Italian tourism by creating a new trend among tourists. In this regard, the guests will have another opportunity to spend their holidays more sustainably, with a considerably lower impact on the environment.
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Year:
2020
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
rural tourism; ecotourism; Puglia region; Italian tourism; rural wellbeing tourism
Volume:
7
SGEM Book title:
7th SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences ISCSS 2020
Book number:
1
SGEM Series:
SWS International Scientific Conferences on SOCIAL SCIENCES - ISCSS
Pages:
201-208
Publisher address:
51 Al. Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; C
Period:
25-27 August, 2020
ISBN:
978-619-7603-02-6
ISSN:
2682-9959
Conference:
7th SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences ISCSS 2020, 25-27 August, 2020
DOI:
10.5593/sws.iscss.2020.7.1/s04.24
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