The concept was developed by the Italian scholar Giancarlo Dall’Ara,
who defined AD as both an original model of hospitality and an approach
toward sustainability (Table 5.2).41 Scattered hotels, argues Dall’Ara, are healthy for the host villages, because they act as social, cultural
and economic stimuli. He calls them ‘drivers of development’ because
everything is sourced in the region, involving the residents and local
producers, thus preventing depopulation.