Proximity tourism: A thematic literature review

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Abstract

This literature review aims to build an understanding of the emerging analytical discussions appearing in the research published on the topic of proximity tourism within the tourism and hospitality literature. In addition to referring to a particular form of tourism that emphasises local destinations, short distances and lower-carbon modes of transportation, proximity tour-ism builds upon an idea of seeing our proximate, everyday surroundings anew. Despite the currency and relevance of the topic of proximity, the existing literature on proximity tourism is relevantly scarce. In addition, there is variance in the usage of concepts referring to proximity tourism. With these notions forming the motivation for our study, we conducted a thematic literature review of international research publications concerning the topic at hand. We iden-tified a considerable potential in this emerging strand of research of proximity tourism to rene-gotiate tourism, its concepts and future(s). By re-examining the dichotomy between tourist and local; challenging the definition of tourism on the basis of distance as ‘nearness’ and ‘farness’ and; envisioning brave new tourism futures, the reviewed research literature of proximity tour-ism disrupts the very basic concepts of tourism. The existing literature of proximity (in) tourism is thus able to create space for new conceptualisations within tourism studies that make way for the plurality of tourism futures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46–63
JournalMatkailututkimus
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoEC publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Keywords

  • proximity tourism
  • intraregional tourism
  • nearhome tourism
  • hometown tourism
  • staycation

Field of science

  • Tourism research

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