so-called soft tourism to rural areas. The spread of this style of vacationing will enable recreation in the open, provide conditions which maximize the advantages of leisure and reduce the disadvantages of mass-tourism. At the same time it will ensure the improvement of the economic situation of the inhabitants of rural areas (additional profits, for example from taking in lodgers, producing, processing and selling ecological foodstuffs) and render a service to holiday-makers.
It will also ensure improvement in the natural village environment (by eliminating conventional methods of intensive agriculture); make the protection of traditional landscapes more effective and lead to a restoration of traditional village architecture (such as old residential and communal buildings) there by providing guest accommodations of high cultural standard. A key element of the proposed system will be the Local Tele-Information Center (Telecottage), situated within the rural area being developed as a potential recreational center and as a place of information dissemination for potential visitors. We are planning to equip each telecottage with satellite communication, telefax and electronic mail systems connecting it with all potential tourist facilities and making it possible, if necessary, for tourist suppliers and consumers to directly contact the telecottage and through it, the outside world.'
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