Assessing the Impact of EU Rural Development Programs on Tourism

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Title: Assessing the Impact of EU Rural Development Programs on Tourism
Authors: Tirado-Ballesteros, Juan Gabriel | Hernández-Hernández, María
Research Group/s: Agua y Territorio | Paisajes y Recursos Naturales en España | Planificación y Gestión Sostenible del Turismo
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Turísticas
Keywords: Rural development | LEADER method | Evaluation | Tourism | EAFRD
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Tourism Planning & Development. 2017, 14(2): 149-166. doi:10.1080/21568316.2016.1192059
Abstract: In many areas, rural development programs represent the main driver of tourism. Evaluation is essential to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the resources allocated. However, although evaluation is mandatory under the European Commission, the methods proposed to date have paid insufficient attention to the impact of tourism. The aim of this paper is to examine the methodological tools used by the European Union to evaluate rural development programs. We conducted an analysis of European Union working documents concerning evaluation, and also performed a literature search in the main scientific databases. A total of 75 documents were studied and categorized into: (a) studies analyzing methodology, (b) descriptive studies and funding analyses, (c) contributions on the evaluation process, and (d) tourism-related studies. Although several methods have been proposed to improve the European Union’s evaluation systems, few studies have assessed the impact of tourism generated by rural development programs.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation of Universidad de Alicante [UAFPU2014-5887] and Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad [CSO2009-12772-03-03].
ISSN: 2156-8316 (Print) | 2156-8324 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2016.1192059
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Peer Review: si
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