Rural and agri-tourism have remarkably increased into importance for many world’s
economies. During the last years rural areas of many countries stopped to be linked to
agricultural production, because of the evolutionary economic and social changes of
them. Rural areas have overtaken many non-agriculture functions allowing their inhabitants
for finding sources of income in different more effective sectors of economy. At
the same time small scale rural and agri-tourism, once as an off-farm diversification and
shift from agriculture toward tourism, and then shifted to create niche and new market
opportunities within an expanding market have become the phenomenon of the turn of
the 20th and the 21st centuries.

Agri-tourism is one of the spheres of tourism activity in rural areas that developed in Poland on
wider scale in the 1990s and was based on farms offering accommodation. The main idea of agritourism
was to provide tourists with board and accommodation, give them an opportunity to be
close to nature, and offer them agricultural produce to buy. Agri-tourism as a form of leisure is
particularly attractive to people who live in big cities and industrial areas. In general, agri-tourism
can be defined as a form of leisure in a rural area, based on a farm providing accommodation and
expanded services.