The research reported here analyzed non-wine activities that wine tourists might engage in while visiting a wine trail. Data was obtained by online questionnaires from 104 tour visitors to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in southern Illinois. Results indicated wine tourists were older, with higher education and income than local visitors. Wine tourists found local dining, national parks, and fine dining to be important, whereas locals considered local dining, site seeing, and photography important. Results reported may assist the rural wine tourism industry to better understand activities to enhance the tourist experience while increasing the tourism dollars to rural communities.
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Smith, S., Davis, N., & Pike, J. (2010). Rural Tourism Development: A Case Study of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in Southern Illinois. The Journal of Extension, 48(5), Article 19. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss5/19