Chapter 19 Concluding remarks
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This book contributes to interdisciplinary research-based knowledge about nature-based tourism. The focus is on linkages between place-based resources and value-added experiences, providing a multifaceted “mosaic of knowledge” towards better understanding of the rapidly evolving nature-based tourism sector. The research was undertaken before the COVID-19 pandemic had its devastating effects on tourism in 2020. We argue that small-scale nature-based tourism entrepreneurs in rural regions are better positioned to survive such crisis than operators at typical mass-tourism destinations. Future avenues of research are briefly outlined, including the meaning and benefits ascribed to nature-based tourism, issues of sustainability and resilience, and pathways to new products in this highly dynamic sector.

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