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Agritourism Liability: Why Definition Matters from a Legal Perspective

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This abstract aims to illuminate the legal issues and challenges surrounding agritourism liability, which is overlooked in the tourism literature. By demonstrating a lack of a clear and consistent agritourism definition and its impacts on liability exemption laws in the U.S., we argue that this ambiguity may, in the long run, discourage agritourism expansion, lead to inequity among various forms of agritourism businesses, and undermine agritourism visitors’ right. Furthermore, the passage of an agritourism liability exemption law intends to encourage agritourism expansion and improve its profitability by reducing insurance costs and risks. But there is no empirical evidence to show the measurable impacts of these laws. We, therefore, call for future research to explore the economic impact of liability limitations on agritourism operations, as well as the social ramifications (e.g., impacts on visitors’ rights).
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