integration, rural development, adding value, Ireland
A model of integrated rural tourism, which took account of the various resources
(cultural, social, environmental, economic), their use, and the role of pertinent stakeholders,
was developed to explore effective methods of promoting tourism as part of a rural development
strategy. ‘‘Strategic fit’’ was used to assess the effectiveness of the model in adding value
locally in the context of an established tourism area in western Ireland. The model reveals
considerable robustness in identifying features that promote the adding of value in a holistic way and in identifying the pertinent stakeholders and issues that require attention to meet
objectives more effectively.