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Keywords:

  • rural tourism;
  • recreational farm;
  • recreational agricultural zone;
  • residents' attitudes;
  • community-based rural tourism;
  • theme farm;
  • Taiwan

ABSTRACT

In this study, we first conclude two main patterns – community-based rural tourism and theme farm – of rural tourism in Taiwan, then investigate and compare the impacts of rural tourism perceived by the residents, the frequency and quality of tourists-residents interaction, and residents' attitudes toward rural tourism of the two chosen areas. Moreover, we discuss and conclude the differences of two patterns in terms of economic, socio-cultural, and environmental impacts. As a whole, the development of rural tourism gains highly supports in both areas. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.