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1st Edition

Metropolitan Commuter Belt Tourism

ISBN 9781032339634
Published June 13, 2022 by Routledge
340 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the current rise of metropolitan regions as a present location and driver of the development of rural tourism, agritourism, food tourism and nature tourism, there is a need to analyse the major economic, social, political and managerial aspects of these types of tourism which occur within the rural-urban fringe.

This book establishes a current inventory and appropriate future selection of commuter belt tourism products for metropolitan areas. It also explains how public and private resources can be combined to achieve synergistic effects in tourism promotion and provides a structural analysis for the proper management of tourist organisations in metropolitan areas. Additionally, there is insight into how the development of metropolitan areas affects rural tourism and agritourism within broader social, economic and environmental relations. The issue of the growth of metropolitan areas, which is a complex and multifaceted challenge, is elaborated on with diverse examples in Poland and further afield.

This is valuable reading for students, researchers and academics of tourism, as well as rural and urban studies, business management, farm management, and leisure studies.

Table of Contents

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Part I. Metropolisation and suburban tourism

1. Ecumenopolis commuter belt tourism

Michal Jacenty Sznajder

2. Trends and conditions of the development of submetropolitan tourism

Michal Gazdecki and Michal Jacenty Sznajder 

3. Case study: the Submetropolitan Bledów Desert, an ambivalent approach to devastation of the natural environment 

Michal Jacenty Sznajder

4. Case study: vague hope for suburban tourism in Conakry Afrometropolis

Michal Jacenty Sznajder

Part II. New paradigms and opportunities for metropolitan commuter belt tourism 

5. Tourism in submetropolitan areas analysed by selected theories of economics and regional development

Agata Balinska

6. Strengthening the sustainability of rural tourism and agritourism in the twenty-first century

Adriano Ciani 

7. New  rural tourism  paradigm  in  submetropolitan  areas

Klaus Ehrlich 

8. Normative modelling in coordination of generic and private tourism promotion in submetropolitan areas

Michal Jacenty Sznajder and Sylwia Marek 

9. The concept of rural tourism and agritourism

Michal Jacenty Sznajder

10. Building a tourism palace: agritourism in metropolitan areas as another stone in the mosaic?  The case of Slovenia 

Irma Potocnik Slavic 

11. The forthcoming ICT revolution in tourism in metropolitan areas

Piotr Senkus 

Part III. Natural resources in metropolitan and submetropolitan areas

12. Tourism valorisation of metropolitan areas based on their natural resources

Monika Wojcieszak and Michal Jacenty Sznajder

13. Kampinos National Park as a tourism attraction for Warsaw metropolitan areas

Katarzyna Mikrut 

14. Kampinos National Park as a place of recreation for Warsaw inhabitants

Katarzyna Dzioban

15. Otulina: agritourism in the Warsaw metopolitan area

Ewa Tyran

Part IV. Types of tourism and tourist segments in metropolitan commuter belt 

16. Forms of rural tourism in metropolitan areas

Janusz Majewski

17. Holiday tourism in metropolitan areas

Andrzej Piotr Wiatrak

18. Social farming-based tourism from the perspective of metropolitan areas

Elzbieta Kmita-Dziasek

19. Pilgrimaging and religious tourism in metropolitan areas

Michal Jacenty Sznajder

20. Agritourism in Kraków metropolitan areas: a case study

Józef Kania and Malgorzata Bogusz 

21. A pedagogical and psychological exegesis of tourism

Andrzej Kusztelak 

Part V. Portfolio offer for tourism in submetropolitan areas

22. Traditional and modern tour operators in agritourism

Jaroslaw Uglis and Joanna Kosmaczewska

23. A model of agritourism offer polarisation in metropolitan surroundings - the Lódz Metropolis: a case study

 Jolanta Wojciechowska

24. The basket of tourism products and services offered on the Internet by agritourism farms in selected European countries

Michal Jacenty Sznajder and Milena Malinowska 

25. Internet product and service offers by agritourism farms located in four metropolitan areas in Poland

Michal Jacenty Sznajder and Damian Dudziak 

26. Risk in rural tourism and agritourism

Jan Sikora 

27. Tourist segmentation in rural tourism and agritourism in metropolitan areas

Arkadiusz Niedziólka 

28. Conclusion

Michal Jacenty Sznajder




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Michal Jacenty Sznajder is Professor, rural economist, former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, and Head of the Department of Market and Marketing at Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland.