Faculty Advisor

Bulled, Nicola

Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert


The European economic crisis has had variable impact relative to geographic space and industry. Rural areas have been particularly affected, but studies indicate that certain sectors, including tourism, have offered stabilizing economic opportunities. This project examined innovative efforts to develop the rural economy, with a focus on tourism in Halkidiki, Greece. We conducted a case study analysis of two such innovative efforts: the Rotsios family’s farm house Airbnb listing and the Agios Antonios Women’s Cooperative. Our analyses revealed that internal resistance and failing infrastructure have to be overcome, but funding support is available (although difficult to acquire) to develop tourism initiatives and outsiders have seen the value and economic potential in rural spaces.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs