Identification of suitable villages for agritourism development, A case study of Semiram County

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Assistant Professor, Geography and Tourism Planning, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, University of Isfahan, Isfahan

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Urban Planning, Faculty of Geographical Sciences and Planning, University of Isfahan, Isfahan

3 MA of Geography and Tourism Planning, University of Isfahan, Isfahan

Abstract

Background: Agricultural tourism has been recognized as an opportunity for rural development in recent decades. To promote sustainable agricultural tourism, identifying and prioritizing villages suitable for the development of this activity is essential.

Purpose: The aim of this research is to locate suitable villages for the development of agritourism in rural areas of Semiram county.

Research Method: The method used is a survey - analytical approach. The study population consists of experts and farmers. Data collection was done through questionnaires. Initially, suitable indicators were identified through the opinions of 15 experts using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process and Super Decision software. Then, using spatial indicators through ARCGIS software and fuzzy overlay method, areas and villages suitable for agritourism development were determined, ultimately selecting 14 villages based on population size. In the next stage, the social capacity of the local community in the identified villages was assessed. Data was collected from 326 individuals using questionnaires and analyzed with SPSS software. Finally, using the TOPSIS model, villages were ranked based on all indicators influencing agricultural tourism development, including natural and tourism resources, tourism infrastructure, and social capacity of the local community.

Findings: The results indicated that Aliabad, Dangzalu, and Khafar have the highest potential for agritourism development. Furthermore, the results showed that planners should consider all factors including agricultural capacity, natural resources, tourist attractions, infrastructure, and local social capacity when identifying suitable villages for agritourism.

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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 07 May 2024
  • Receive Date: 14 April 2024
  • Revise Date: 04 May 2024
  • Accept Date: 07 May 2024