Mercedes Jiménez García, José Ruiz Chico, Antonio Rafael Peña Sánchez

Analysis of Andalucian rural areas and their tourism, from a point of view of geographic proximity to Andalucian urban centers

The importance of rural tourism, as a driver for regional development in Andalusia, has had an increasing interest. However, a point mentioned repeatedly but barely studied is the reference to the distance between the place of residence and the municipality in which the tourism develops. This is the core of this article, which tries to know the relationship between the intensity of tourist accommodation and the distance to urban centers. It is also studied if the distance between rural and urban municipalities can be considered a relevant factor to establish the typology of a rural area.

Keywords: Rural area; rural tourism; cluster analysis; distance

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