Sustainable rural tourism development based on agricultural resources: The eco-inn initiative in Taiwan

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Rural tourism is often considered an economic alternative for rural areas facing decreasing profits and requiring a second or third economic footing. However, like other tourism activities, rural tourism results in a full range of environmental impacts. In particular, accommodation generates various environmental loadings and should be managed carefully. An eco-inn, the environmentally friendly accommodation based on organic agriculture, is proposed here and the practical experiences from Wan-An Village are examined. According to the results, the idea of eco-inn is feasible, and it may suit not only in Taiwan but also other countries. In summary, an eco-inn is not only beneficial to environment, host community, and tourists, but also can contribute to sustainable development in rural areas such as eco-village formations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-242
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May
Externally publishedYes



  • Eco-inn
  • Ecotourism
  • Organic agriculture
  • Rural tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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