Long-Term Visitors' Adaptation to the Tourism Context of Costa Blanca, Spain

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 3:30 PM
Room: 303
Oral Presentation
Jens Kr. Steen JACOBSEN , Norwegian School of Hotel Management, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Tourism and analogous phenomena have assumingly become structural elements of Costa Blanca societies, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The large international flows of multitudes of people have also assumingly led to blurred precincts here between tourists, holidaymakers, sojourners, drifters, migrants, and residents. Particularly the most economically independent lifestyle and retirement ‘migrants’, ‘residential tourists’ and lifestyle and health-oriented sojourners are still under-researched. On the basis of questionnaire surveys, the paper will explore self-reported adaptation features among Nordic long-term visitors, including language skills, media use and assessments of facets of ‘local’ and expatriate life.