Rural Tourism as a Collective Endeavour
Jan Megannon, Entrepreneur, Australia, Member
I see rural tourism as a community industry, rather than an enterprise/corporate initiative. Saw the potential for this in South Africa, Indonesia and now again in Russia.
The rural industry (regardless of country) will give the tourist a 'native/ethnic' experience, versus a 'western' experience in a foreign country.
The opportunities for a collective offering (even in urban environments) existed during soccer world cup in South Africa, but they were never developed. The same opportunities still exist, but will require greater marketing effort as they are unable to encash on the benefits of a global event (e.g. guerilla marketing).