Farm Tourism: A new peasantry perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages45
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2016
Event14th RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE Hosted by Lincoln International Business School - Lincoln University, Lincoln, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 15 Jun 201617 Jun 2016
http://rec2016.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/files/2016/06/Abstract-booklet.pdf

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Conference14th RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE Hosted by Lincoln International Business School
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
CityLincoln
Period15 Jun 201617 Jun 2016
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Abstract

Title: Farm Tourism in Wales: A new peasantry perspective
Purpose of this paper This presentation examines farm tourism in Wales, a marginal area for farming which is, at the same time, popular for tourism due to its high quality natural environment. It is now over two decades since farm tourism was promoted through rural development policies as a way to support
the farm household and revitalise rural economies. In the intervening years farm tourism has evolved and become a professional sector. It is therefore important to understand how the farm tourism sector has developed, and the impact that farm tourism has had on the farm household and wider rural economy.
Design/methodology/approach In order to understand farm tourism development and its impact the presentation examines the subject from the perspective of Ploeg’s (2008) new peasantry. The premise of this theory is that
the new peasantry’s struggle for autonomy and survival is achieved through the development of a self-controlled resource base and an avoidance of dependency relationships.
Findings
The presentation outlines how the new peasantry model manifests itself in the context of farm tourism in marginal farming areas in order to establish if Ploeg’s theory holds true. It also examines the extent to which other factors influence tourism development. The presentation draws on empirical evidence (interviews and surveys) of farm tourism in Wales from a recently completed PhD.