Snowballing in 35° C: An inquiry into second-home tourism in Mozambique

Gijsbert Hoogendoorn, Andreas Back

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Increased mobility has played an important role in promoting and developing tourism as a global phenomenon. One result since the late 1990s has been the development of the well-researched second-home tourism phenomenon in the Global North. Fewer studies on second-home tourism have been carried out in the Global South, especially in the least developed countries (LDCs). Th e diffi culty of collecting reliable data in LDCs is presented as a key contributing factor to the lack of studies. Whereas researchers in, for example, the Nordic countries have access to comprehensive public registries of second homes enabling large-scale data-driven research, studying this phenomenon in data-poor contexts requires appropriate fi eldwork methods and strategies. Th e following research note discusses snowballing and participant observation methods employed in fi eldwork on second-home tourism in two small coastal Mozambican towns. It concludes with a brief discussion on the fi ndings and the prospects for future research in historically and socio-economically comparable locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-317
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Mozambique
  • Second homes
  • Snowball sampling
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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