EXPLORING RURAL TOURISM IN SOUTHERN EUROPE
Threats and possibilities for sustainable development
(poster accepted for Congress Planet Under Pressure, London 2012)
Tourism has been considered a development factor for rural areas. Nevertheless, tourism impacts into local environments can be positives and negatives. Sociological analyisis of tourism, from the starting point of the phaenomena in a determinated region, would offer good outputs for local communities, in terms of tourism management and sustainable development. Our research explore the first steps of tourism processes in the most SW region of Europe (Sierra de Huelva, Spain). We aim to discover what model of tourism is arriving, taking references on theoretical models discovered in similar areas of Spain. Secondly, we test this hipothesys: construction (real state) expansion in the last decades of S.XX had an effect on touristic model in the region. Resources and values of tourism in rural areas could be threatened by real state expansion: consume of natural resources and socioeconomic unbalances are caused.