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"My Home Is My Castle": Defiance of the Commercial Homestay Host in Tourism

McIntosh, Alison; Lynch, Paul; Sweeney, Majella


Alison McIntosh

Paul Lynch

Majella Sweeney


The intrinsic nature of small tourism business provision has rarely been captured in previous literature, but it has recently
gained momentum within scholarly discourse exploring the role of the “home” in tourism and hospitality. This article
contributes an examination of the commercial homestay host in New Zealand with a particular focus on the hosts’
personal relationship with their “commercial home.” The article reports the findings of in-depth interviews conducted
with commercial homestay hosts in New Zealand. Findings allude to the tyranny of the homestay hosts in their tourism
hosting role, their oppressive social need, self-marginalization, and distinctive identity—one that is notably defiant of other
commercial hospitality and tourism business norms. In contrast, previous studies rarely showcase the personal perspectives,
conscious defiance, or marginalization of commercial hospitality provision. Consequences for understanding the tourism and
hospitality phenomenon of commercial home hosting are thus discussed.


McIntosh, A., Lynch, P., & Sweeney, M. (2011). "My Home Is My Castle": Defiance of the Commercial Homestay Host in Tourism. Journal of Travel Research, 50, 509-519.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011-09
Deposit Date Dec 2, 2013
Print ISSN 0047-2875
Electronic ISSN 1552-6763
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Pages 509-519
Keywords commercial home; defiance; tourism host;
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