Forgotten agritourism: abandoned websites in the promotion of rural tourism in Poland

Karol Król


Purpose. Until recently, a large number of owners of small agritourism farms in Poland, for promotional purposes, used the (“abandoned”) websites made in an amateur manner at the lowest possible cost. The main purpose of this study is to characterize these websites. To achieve this goal, an attempt was made to evaluate the quality of these sites.Design/methodology/approach. Two sets of websites were studied: the set of archaic sites (n = 282) and the set of modern sites (n = 282). The study consisted in the evaluation of selected attributes of the website development technology. The obtained results were normalized using the method of zero unitarization. Subsequently, the value of the aggregate variable was determined, which made it possible to describe each website with one synthetic quality index (SQI).Findings. “Abandoned websites” do not perform marketing and sales functions. Owing to the frequent lack of content, they also lack an informative function. These websites have documentary value, as well as a historical function.Originality/value. The paper presents the assessment of websites using one of the unification methods and the SQI. It has been shown that websites, in addition to having typical functions such as information, marketing or contact, may also have a historical function.
Author Karol Król (FoEEaLS / DoSPaLA)
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- Department of Spatial Planning and Landscape Architecture
Journal seriesJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, ISSN 1757-9880, e-ISSN 1757-9899, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in English Abandoned websites, Agritourism websites, Forgotten internet, Historical fucntion, Promotion of agritourism
ASJC Classification1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; 1706 Computer Science Applications; 1710 Information Systems
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.72
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FinansowanieThe surveys were financed by the Personal Scholarship Fund for academics of the Hugo Kollataj University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland.
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