Identification and Evaluation of the Factors of Rural Tourism Development

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:00
Dissertation Defence Hall (K. Donelaičio St. 73- 403 room)

Author, Institution: Kristina Barkauskienė, Kaunas University of Technology

Science Area, Field of Science: Social Sciences, Economics – 04S

Summary of the Doctoral Thesis: Summary

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Vytautas SNIEŠKA (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Economics, 04S).

Dissertation Defence Board of Economics Science Field:
Prof. Dr. Daiva DUMČIUVIENĖ (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Economics, 04S) – chairperson;
Prof. Dr. Valentinas NAVICKAS (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Economics, 04S);
Prof. Dr. Vaida PILINKIENĖ (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Economics, 04S);
Prof. Dr. Ilona SKAČKAUSKIENĖ (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Social Sciences, Management, 03S);
Doc. Dr. Sergej VOJTOVIČ (A. Dubček University of Trenčin, Social Sciences, Management, 03S).

The doctoral dissertation is available on the internet and at the libraries of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 20,Kaunas), Klaipėda University (K. Donelaičio a. 3, Klaipėda), Lithuanian
Energy Institute (Breslaujos g. 3, Kaunas).

Annotation:

The dissertation analysed the methodology for identifying and evaluating the rural tourism development factors, which form the basis for the model of the factors of rural tourism development.
The aim of this doctoral thesis is to develop a model of the factors of rural tourism development by identifying macro- and micro-environmental factors.
The model of the factors of rural tourism development was developed by identifying macro-environmental and micro-environmental factors. The developed model can be applied to identify and evaluate the factors affecting the development of rural tourism in different countries as well as for the analysis of their impact on rural tourism development with regard to macro-environmental and micro-environmental aspects of the analysed country. The model can be used to determine the possibilities for rural tourism development, as it identifies macro-environmental and micro-environmental factors which influence the development of rural tourism. The model distinguished factors which have an impact on the development of rural tourism as a sub-sector of national tourism and as a service business in a rural area. It leads decision-adopting organizations and representatives of tourism businesses to more objectively evaluate the impact of individual factors and the importance of individual business entities and their operational methods and the associated risks, and helps provide the measures of the promotion of rural tourism development. The dissertation presents complex empirical research regarding the development of rural tourism in Lithuania and factors affecting it.