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The Internationalization of rural municipalities: Norwegian second home owners in Northern Bohuslän, Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2011 (English)In: Tourism Planning & Development, ISSN 2156-8316, Vol. 8, no 4, 433-445 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The internationalization of second home tourism has been mentioned as a major reasonfor the renewed interest in the issue of second homes after a period of scientific disregard. Still, fewstudies have addressed the international flows of second home owners. However, cultural differencesas well as a recently limited relationship with the destination can imply that foreign second homeowners have a more consumptive approach to the destination. This paper addresses particularlyNorwegian second home owners in northern Bohusla¨n, a region in western Sweden, and aims atanalyzing whether foreign second home owners present a challenge for sustaining ruralcommunities. The analysis is based on the results of a mail survey and indicates that foreignsecond home owners are attracted by low price levels as well. This implies that macroeconomicchanges can quickly erode this attraction, making international second home tourism a lessreliable strategy for sustaining rural communities.

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London: Routledge, 2011. Vol. 8, no 4, 433-445 p.
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Social and Economic Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50045DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2011.605384OAI: diva2:458764
Landsbygdens 'osynliga' befolkning
Available from: 2011-11-23 Created: 2011-11-23 Last updated: 2012-02-03Bibliographically approved

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