Rural tourism is the same sector of tourism that exploits the non-urban areas for the purposes of Helena and to enjoy a different style. Rural tourism includes all the businesses that serve the visitors who perform leisure and recreation activities in the rural area.
In Europe is very developed rural tourism. Many families travel by car or rented car, preferring not to book in advance, but to stop on the road in green areas, use bed and breakfast services, and continue on the way.
In the country there were signs of rural tourism already in the sixties. Today, guest houses operate in kibbutzim and moshavim. Moshav Amirim, for example, offers accommodation for vegan tourism. In addition, there are local initiatives to rent rooms for vacation in the village for local tourism. Since Israel is a small country and the distances between area and area are short, rural tourism has more significance than overnight accommodation. Rural tourism in Israel is based on the number of overnight stays in one place, and sometimes throughout the week and beyond. Accommodation in the village serves as a permanent base for a vacation combining tours and activities in the surroundings.
In the 1980s, as a result of the agricultural crisis in Israel, rural tourism received a development momentum. Many farmers who did not want to leave their homes were looking for additional sources of income. Many kibbutzim developed various industries, whether related to agriculture or others. In the moshavim, flower gardens and chicken coops were opened for commercial and exhibition purposes, and the rural lodging was also developed. The kibbutz dining rooms began to function as restaurants, agricultural activities and sports attractions were offered in nature's environmental sites.
Only in the late 1990s did rural tourism enter incoming tourism as well. It should be noted that not all of the proposed facilities are suitable for inbound tourism, which requires certain standards and supervision of authorized authority. Inbound tourism, which still accounts for a very small percentage of rural tourism, is aimed mainly at those who can offer more rooms in a concentrated manner, kibbutzim suitable for group accommodation.
Inhibition of incoming tourism groups may be the result of a decision and a proposal by the local tourist organizer. The possibility of accommodation for non-group tourists (FIT) is usually published in a booklet abroad, and the publication of accommodation options for up to five families is not worthwhile for the publisher, and therefore will not be possible unless the marketing is regional and concentrated for many units. "Will be suitable for inbound tourism. Standardization of the product should be created, ie, uniformity at the proposed level.
Rural tourism in Israel has great potential to serve incoming tourism: rural communities are popular in their agricultural and natural proximity; In Israel there are various forms of settlement in the rural area: kibbutzim, moshavim, Arab villages, Druze, Cherkassim - all forms of settlement and authentic traditions and customs, the special food produced from the crops on the spot, and the organizational structure.
The integrated agricultural activity in nature is also very diverse in the Israeli rural area: wine wineries, olive and its produce, dairy farms, bee farms, seasonal fruit picking, fishing near rivers, horseback riding, and more.
Rural tourism in Israel is mainly concentrated in the Galilee and the Sea of Galilee, but in recent years it has developed in the Yoav region (from Ashkelon to Beit Guvrin), and in slow steps in the Negev.
The development of rural tourism in Israel depends on the cooperation of many private and public bodies. At the level of the individual is the farmer who owns the property and does not necessarily have knowledge of operating a tourist site. Behind him are his settlement authorities, which are part of a wider regional rural area. More than one government ministry is involved in the development of rural tourism: the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture, and to a certain extent the Ministry of Housing and even the Ministry of Transportation (rural settlements are usually located outside the main roads, and access is more convenient).
Studies on rural tourism, whose purpose is the development and marketing of this sector, reveal that the demand for such a vacation does not indicate a uniform model of recreation, and the demand factors are varied:
1. Many rural tourism visitors are young families with children of different ages. Children usually need basic necessities, and no matter how luxurious a hotel is, they are not impressed. Traveling with children can become a nuisance if parents need to maintain adequate behavior at hotels. The rural space is open, active activity, the need to keep the children closely guarded, the various environmental stimuli and the stress-free vacation all make rural tourism attractive.
2. Rural tourism allows a number of families of friends, with different economic abilities, to go together for a vacation equal to every person. The activities and the possibility of spending together compensate for the modest conditions.
3. The price is less expensive than hotel accommodation. It is possible that those families that require rural hospitality for a family vacation will prefer a luxury hotel when it comes to a vacation without the children.
4. The tourist population as a whole does not have a uniform taste. You can distinguish between people who enjoy vacationing in large cities, which we call "urban", and others, "nature lovers," who prefer to stay away from population centers and get closer to nature. The "urbanists" will also be happy to spend a day or two in nature, just as "nature lovers" will spend a day visiting the city, which can offer cultural visits with a wider range. Both of these populations are potential consumers of rural hospitality. Each in a different dosage.
5. For those seeking eco-tourism, rural hospitality meets the needs of meeting the locals and nature in the rural environment.
6. Even a person who does not wish to engage in leisure activities but takes a vacation for rest only purposes is a potential customer for rural tourism. Usually these are older people, going out with older children or without children. Such a population consumes more intellectual activity such as listening to a concert, visiting a local museum, and lecturing. Such activity is to be hosted by a kibbutz that organizes cultural events for its members.