Sustainable Rural Mobility for Resilience in Support of Ecotourism – Classification of rural tourism Environments


As there are even more things to consider, the SMARTA-NET team of the NIT developed an online and an offline version of a self-check which can be used by stakeholders in rural tourism regions. As the self-check shall be filled out together, this could be a good starting point for further networking between tourism and transport actors. And the summarized answers deliver an interesting and challenging overview about the situation and future tasks. The classification will be used as background information for the guidelines on sustainable tourist mobility in rural regions which will be developed at a later stage of the SMARTA-NET project.

One of the tasks of the SMARTA-NET was to develop a classification of rural tourist regions. The NIT in Germany has worked on this task and the report starts with a summary and a critical review of Batista’s rural tourism typology, before additional categories for the characterisation of rural tourism regions and their mobility offer are collected and sorted. Afterwards, the most important categories are identified and integrated in a typology that can be used in order to sort rural regions or to get a better feeling for the own region or municipality. The discussion shows that topography, landscape, tourism intensity and car-free accessibility of regional tourist attractions are influencing tourist mobility in rural regions.