DAILY MAINS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE
Practice Question 5
Q) “The success of rural tourism lies in creating a balance between the positive and negative impacts of tourism and maintaining a healthy rural environment.” Discuss it in the context of growing rural tourism in India.
Rural tourism can be defined as the country experience which encompasses a wide range of attractions and activities that take place in agricultural or non-urban areas. The essential characteristics of this form of tourism include wide-open spaces, low levels of tourism development and opportunities for visitors to directly experience agricultural and/or natural environments.
The growth in the India rural tourism market in recent years means that many Indian villages have now found a place on the tourist map. Not only does it provide the villagers with a much needed additional source of income, visitors are able to interact with them and gain a rare insight into their way of life.
The success of rural tourism lies in creating a balance between the positive and negative impacts of tourism and maintaining a healthy rural environment. As any other business activity, rural tourism is also profit oriented. Nevertheless, because it is driven by the accountability principles, rural tourism should be based not only on the core features of rural tourism (local biodiversity and eco-systems support, sustainable development), but also on understanding the lifestyle of the users of products and services of rural tourism.
Rural tourism has an immense possibility for exotic destination seekers and has been recognized as a key business opportunity by the stake holders mainly due to the growing demand for domestic weekend holidays.