THE INFLUENCE OF TOURISM ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS
Keywords:tourism, rural areas, rural development
Tourism is one of the most important tools for economic development in rural areas. Tourism sector can help create jobs in rural areas, preserve and restore traditional activities, and generate income that can be used to develop socio-economic activities in the area. Thus, the development of rural areas is also directly related to the development of the tourism sector. However, only by identifying the problematic aspects of the impact of tourism on the development of rural areas can informed decisions be made on how to improve the situation. The object of the research is the influence of tourism on the development of rural areas. The aim of this article is to examine the problems of the impact of tourism on the development of rural areas in Kaunas district municipality. Applied research methods - analysis of scientific literature, analysis of documents, analysis of legal acts, analysis of statistical data. The article analyzes the concept of rural development and theoretical approaches to the problems in this area, reveals the problems of tourism development in Kaunas district, analyzes statistics related to tourism and rural development, discusses tourism infrastructure and situation, examines related legislation and strategic documents.