Undervaluing A Sector

The enigma of micro-enterprise self-contained accommodation in Australia

Authored by: Clare Keogh , Anton Kriz , Lisa Barnes

The Routledge Handbook Of Second Home Tourism And Mobilities

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138678316
eBook ISBN: 9781315559056
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315559056-12

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Abstract

Commercial second homes operating as holiday rentals are an important and undervalued sector of the tourism economy. Research conceptualises second homes as lifestyle projects but collectively they form a critical mass and provide a valuable regional economic contribution. Known as micro-enterprise self-contained accommodation (MSA), this exploratory study of three Australian destinations investigates MSA networks from a key stakeholder perspective. Interviews and secondary data are used to gain insights into a sector hampered by stakeholder lack of knowledge. Results uncover a largely invisible MSA sector excluded from most destination development initiatives. Digital marketing platforms such as Airbnb are thriving as they occupy the untapped and undervalued space.

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