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Home exchanging: a shift in the tourism marketplace

WithANTONIO PAOLO RUSSO AND ALAN QUAGLIERI DOMÍNGUEZ

Exchanging homes has become a model of hospitality that represents an alternative to stays in commercial establishments for a steadily increasing number of tourists in the last decade. In a wider sense, though, it could be defined as a whole new concept at the crossroads of alternative tourism and the emerging paradigm of ‘collaborative consumerism’ (Botsman and Rogers 2010) or ‘sharing economy’ (Gold 2004), which has been triggered by the evolution of social networking and user-produced content in the 2.0 internet generation. It is also a phenomenon that sits well in the emerging research agendas on mobilities (Urry 2007) and on tourism as a form of mobilisation of places through the transience and negotiation of different populations.