SLOVAK REPUBLIC POTENTIAL AND SUITABILITY FOR TOURISM WITH EMPHASIS ON AGRITOURISM PUBLISHEDPavol Otepka, Miroslav Habán
The whole tourism industry, including agritourism, is growing rapidly worldwide. Slovakia, regarding its geographic location in the centre of Europe, has extremely favourable conditions for rural tourism, especially for agritourism. Beside the natural richness, such as mountains, caves, water areas, mineral waters, springs with healing effects, rich fauna and flora, also historical buildings, held in relatively good state, and many live traditional crafts can attract the modern tourists. Regarding all this, Slovakia is able to satisfy the needs of the most demanding our or foreign tourists. The main objective of this work is to briefly present the natural beauties and cultural attractions in Slovakia, its favourable conditions and development possibilities in the agritourism sector. Furthermore there are described the tasks and activities of organizations responsible for agritourism and rural tourism (EUROGITES in Europe, SARTA in Slovakia).
agri-tourism; agritourism, farmtourism; countryside; farmers; rural development; SWOT analysis; village