Second Life: Liminal tourism spaces as sites for lifestyle migration, an exploration of Niseko, Japan.

Kim Nelson, Rosemary Black, Larissa Bamberry

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Abstract

Niseko, a small agricultural community in northern Japan has, since the early 2000s, transformed into a ski destination through the development of international tourism. Many Australians have settled in the Niseko area and established tourism-based businesses and holiday homes, transforming local streetscapes. This paper explores the experiences of Japanese and Australian tourism business owners to offer insight into how Niseko as a social space may be influencing the lifestyles and identities of tourism business owners who live in Niseko, Japan. The research findings revealed Niseko, is functioning as a liminal tourism space, shaped by cosmopolitan tourism business owners who relocate there to pursue their ‘second life’ after experiences of living abroad.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-302
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Volume47
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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