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International winter tourism entrepreneurs in northern Sweden: understanding migration, lifestyle, and business motivations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia.
Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8143-123x
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. (Arcum)
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 183-198Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the migration, lifestyle and business motivations of international winter tourism entrepreneurs who have moved to a “low-amenity” rural area in northern Sweden. Low-amenity areas are characterised by economic decline, outmigration and limited tourism development. Based on qualitative interviews, the research applied a multi-dimensional framework to the study of migrant tourism entrepreneurship, considering personal migration drivers, the value of location-specific amenities, desired consumptive experiences, previous familiarity with the destination, business-related goals, as well as temporal and technological dimensions of mobility and self-employment. The findings suggest that the northern winter and the undeveloped low-amenity character of the place were key factors in migration choices. Consumptive lifestyle interests around counter-urban living and winter outdoor hobbies were prominent, yet there was diversity in terms of business aspirations and considerable seasonal lifestyle-business balancing. Despite noticeable contributions to winter tourism development in the low-amenity north, the study also identified a sense of temporariness and expected onward migration among migrants, raising questions about the longevity of this development.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 18, no 2, p. 183-198
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international lifestyle migration, lifestyle tourism entrepreneur, winter tourism, low-amenity rural area, northern Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138129DOI: 10.1080/15022250.2017.1339503ISI: 000428305200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138129DiVA, id: diva2:1130785
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Mobilising the rural: Post-productivism and the new economy (FORMAS)Modelling demographic change in small villages of Sweden’s sparsely populated north (FORMAS)
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-72Swedish Research Council Formas, 2015-260Available from: 2017-08-11 Created: 2017-08-11 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved

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