Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Small Businesses in Rural Tourism and Agrotourism: Study from Slovakia
Issue: Vol. 11, No 3, 2018
Published date: 09-2018 (print) / 09-2018 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Ladislav Mura
Pan-European University in Bratislava

Aleksandr Ključnikov
University of Entrepreneurship and Law in Prague
Keywords: entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, rural tourism, agrotourism, Slovakia
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2018/11-3/17
Index PUBMS: 7a3deb8b-cec0-11e8-92b1-901b0efa6e97
Language: English
Pages: 286-300 (15)
JEL classification: L26, L83, Z32

Microbusinesses and small enterprises are the dominant representatives of business in the rural environment, and also active players contributing to regional development. Rural areas of Slovakia are still considered to be underused. Exploiting the potential of rural regions is the key to the recovery of rural businesses. Development of rural areas depends on the economic activity taking place in different regions. One of the possibilities for regional development is to promote specific fields of tourism, e.g., rural tourism and agrotourism. This article focuses on the evaluation of entrepreneurial activities in rural tourism based on the empirical research conducted in different regions of Slovakia. The survey sample included 142 business entities. The research was conducted between 2012 and 2016. We have applied quantitative analysis based on questionnaire survey and the Friedman test. Our research shows that benefits generated by rural tourism and agrotourism provide a positive impact on the success of businesses and help in diversification of business risks.


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