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Title: Political economy of agritourism initiatives in Thailand
Authors: Srisomyong, N. 
Meyer, D. 
Keywords: Actororientedperspective;Agritourism;Political economy;Rural development
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Scopus
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Source: N. Srisomyong, D. Meyer (2015) Political economy of agritourism initiatives in Thailand. Journal of Rural Studies Vol.41, 95-108.
Abstract: The paper examines agritourism, rural development and related policy initiatives in two case study areas: Rayong and Samut Songkhram provinces in Thailand. Thefieldwork combines varied sources, including indepthinterviews. Agritourism development in the case study areas was affected by restructuring in their local economies, involving growing economic difficulties for the agricultural sector, new investment in residential development and tourism, and growth in alternative income sources for the rural population. The government's agritourism initiatives were affected by a changing national political and policy context. These interventions assisted the agricultural sector to survive the economic restructuring, providing supplementary income and local markets for their farm produce and crafts. The interactions between agritourism operators could be important for business survival, but some groups were set up largely to secure government funds and did not provide each other with substantial support. Agritourism could bring economic benefits for wider rural communities, but it could also encourage community conflicts.
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