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Identification, motivation and facilitation of domestic tourism in a small island

Brendan Canavan
2015 Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism  
This paper presents a case concerning domestic tourism in the Isle of Man, British Isles; a small maritime nation with Norse heritage. Qualitative interviews find the existence of considerable domestic tourism activity conducted by island residents, including daytrips and overnight stays, and explore the motivational and facilitating factors which underpin this. Such behaviour is identified by residents as touristic and distinct from other leisure pursuits. Yet recognition of domestic tourism
more » ... domestic tourism in small geographic spaces is currently almost entirely absent. This article attempts to highlight the issue and draw attention to attendant benefits of domestic tourism which include economic and social inputs. These may be relevant to a small island community, and in the case of the Isle of Man help to support an otherwise ailing tourism industry.
doi:10.1080/15022250.2015.1115370 fatcat:m6dte5dis5givjvwqdqm3wqg3u