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An analysis of the development of home exchange organisations

A Grit, P Lynch

Abstract


This paper contributes to a better understanding of the home exchange phenomenon by considering the historical developmentof the home exchange intermediation processes, membership profiles and the role of the media. The Internet has enableda more interactive process and facilitated home exchange kernels which, by the way they are organised, allow a degree ofself-organisation. Processes of specialisation and differentiation change the home exchange intermediation landscape.

Keywords: home exchange kernels, hospitality networks, tourism intermediation