Foreigners reveal the perils of rural tourism

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Broken appliances, bad smells and unchained dogs topped the list of nuisances experienced by foreign tourists venturing out of the city to stay in the countryside in a new survey published by Latvian rural tourism specialist Lauku Celotajs (LC).

The poll of more than 1,000 foreign tourists was carried out at international travel fairs and the websites of partner rural tourism agencies as well as on LC's own website.

The good news was that positive feedback was considerably stronger than negative with friendly owners of rural accommodation, clean rooms and good quality food and drink all receiving praise.

More than half of those surveyed also said that problems they encountered were satisfactorily resolved.

The data was compiled to help identify tourists' main fears when heading off the beaten track and will form the basis of a new EU-funded handbook to help providers of rural accommodation meet the needs of their clients, LC's Asnata Ziemele said in a release.


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