TOURISM - An International Interdisciplinary Journal
Volume 66 / 2018 / Number 1 ISSN 1332-7461
Second homes vs. residential tourism: A research gap
Residential tourism and second homes are two closely related phenomena that constitute a growing research field, but the different names given to the concepts by researchers have led to a fragmented and disconnected literature. These two categories are essentially the same - or share many elements – but the research seems to be disjointed, which, in our opinion, has created a gap in the existing literature on this subject. Specifically, the research on "residential tourism" has expanded to integrate not only second home ownership issues, but the rental of holiday homes to tourists. This commercial use of second homes has been only occasionally referred to by second home authors.
Mainstream literature, mainly focused on North American-Canadian and Scandinavian destinations, uses the term "second homes". Conversely, researchers in Mediterranean countries – e.g. Spain or France – prefer the term "residential tourism". Both phenomena are also related with a third concept, to take into account in this context, the visiting friends and relatives tourism (VFR). This note advocates an unified approach to studying this kind of tourism that will extend knowledge in the field and optimise future research efforts.
residential tourism; second home tourism; research gap
Articles in this issue:
- Who relies on mobile payment systems when they are on vacation? A segmentation analysis (6-18)
- Evaluation of brand identity of Bulgaria as a tourist destination (19-34)
- Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination (35-51)
- The quality of web communication by Italian tourist ports (52-62)
- Engaging consumers in the digital era: An analysis of official tourism Facebook pages in India (63-77)
- Perspectives of greening tourism development – the concepts, the policies, the implementation (78-88)
- VFR travel generated by international students: The case of Japanese students in Australia (89-103)
- Second homes vs. residential tourism: A research gap (104-108)