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480: Tourism - opportunity to spend

This briefing is extracted from a paper by Ian D Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University, ‘Wildlife and heritage tourism – in the mainstream of the rural economy or still on the fringes?’ delivered at the 5th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference held at the University of Lincoln in February 2007.

Year of Publication2007

Growth in wildlife and heritage tourism has led to the emergence of a new sector in the rural economy. Increasingly conservation bodies are managers of farms, garden centres, cafés, shops, visitor centres, car parks and other visitor facilities which can impact on local economies in a dramatic way if they sell products of local character which themselves can become a distinctive part of the tourism experience..

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