Volume 5 Issue 5 October 2007 Applied Research Note 1

Patterns of of Growth and Legal Framework of Rural Tourism in ANDALUCÍA

by Antonio Fernández-Morales, & María Cruz Mayorga-Toledano

Rural tourism is an emergent sector in Andalucía. It showed an impressive growth in the last five years, which is expected to continue in the medium run. The territorial supply dynamics that we analyzed, by means of transition matrices, confirms this fact. But, to avoid the current problems and damages observed in the mature coastal segment, provoked by a massive growth during four decades, an appropriate legislation and a balanced approach to planning are essential to protect the natural and social environment. We carried out a succinct critical analysis of the legal and planning framework, emphasizing their main drawbacks.

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