The concept of lifestyle tourism is represented by considerations of supply (providers) and demand (consumers) of tourism products and services. The concept falls into the general category of special interest/niche tourism. This entry explains lifestyle tourism from the perspectives of the origins of the concept of lifestyle and the commercialization and contemporary contexts of lifestyle that serve as an important prelude to understanding how lifestyle applies in a tourism context.

Origins of the Concept of Lifestyle

The topic of lifestyle courses through a number of disciplines. The fields of consumer behavior, economics, health, marketing, psychology, retailing, and sociology all inform the study of lifestyle. Lifestyle began to emerge as a central idea in social behavior in the early 20th century through the articulation of the human style ...

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