RURAL TOURISM IN THE FUNCTION OF DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS - THE CASE OF MUNICIPALITY OF LAKTAŠI

  • Željko Vaško University of Banja Luka
  • Darija Vojnović University of Banja Luka
Keywords: Municipality of Laktaši, development, tourism, rural tourism

Abstract

The paper deals with problems of rural development and its importance for rural areas. The aim of research was to, starting from general statements about role and significance of rural development, on the case of one municipality (the Municipality of Laktaši) determine what conditions and possibilities it has for development of rural tourism. Data were collected from primary and secondary sources and analyzed by a combination of several scientific research methods (analyses, synthesis, household survey, SWOT analyse, comparison). By mapping natural and atrophogenic resources in the municipality it was found that it has a lot of attractions that can bring tourists to rural areas and keep them from several hours to several days (natural beauty, archaeological sites, religious buildings, hunting, fishing, thermal water, autochthonous products, handicrafts, etc.). Despite that, the number of providers and beneficiaries of rural tourism services are limited. The conclusion is that conditions and opportunities for rural tourism in Laktaši are above the current scope of their valorisation. Sample survey of 95 rural households has confirmed that 2/3 of rural households have an idea what rural tourism means, and 1/5 (19%) of them would like to deal with rural tourism. These households have a surplus of accommodation capacities and unemployed labour force which could be engaged to provide rural tourism services.

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Published
2016-06-04
How to Cite
Vaško, Željko, & Vojnović, D. (2016). RURAL TOURISM IN THE FUNCTION OF DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS - THE CASE OF MUNICIPALITY OF LAKTAŠI. TISC - Tourism International Scientific Conference Vrnjačka Banja, 1(1), 364-381. Retrieved from http://www.tisc.rs/proceedings/index.php/hitmc/article/view/226