Transformation to Seasonal Villages: Second-Home Tourism as Initiator of Rural Diversification

Terzić, Aleksandra and Petrevska, Biljana (2021) Transformation to Seasonal Villages: Second-Home Tourism as Initiator of Rural Diversification. In: The Impact of Tourist Activities on Low-Density Territories: Evaluation Frameworks, Lessons, and Policy Recommendations. Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 125-148. ISBN 978-3-030-65524-2

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The chapter discusses the issues of the gradual transformation of low-density ar-eas to spaces with predominant tourism function reflected in the expansion of second-homes. It attempts to identify a possible interrelation between the rural diversification process and the expansion of second-home tourism. For this pur-pose, a sample of 55 small villages in South-East Serbia was investigated. The goal was to identify why these villages experience different fate, ranging from those that are likely to be ultimately abandoned, to those gradually becoming seasonal “tourist” villages. The research utilized qualitative (observations and semi-structured interviews with permanent and seasonal residents), and quantita-tive data (official statistics of secondary sources). The findings from the field-research enabled the creation of a framework for evaluating tourism development potential and existing rural capital. Additionally, statistical tests (correlations and regressions), in the identification of factors affecting the diversification of rural space, were performed. The study confirmed that small peripheral villages with seasonal vitality characteristics show economic reorientation towards the service sector. Expansion of second-home tourism and initiation of ru-ral diversification process gives a hope that these villages may be sustained for the future.

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Additional Information: This research is part of the project Evaluation of preconditions for tourism activities in rural depopulated areas – a comparative study between Macedonia and Serbia, carried out by the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural areas, Second-homes, Tourism, Diversification
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social and economic geography
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics
Depositing User: Biljana Petrevska
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 06:33
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 06:33

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