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Rural Tourism and Home Sharing: History, Policy and Strategic Planning for Community Resilience

Author Bios (50 Words)

Yu-Hua (Melody) XU

Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

University of Florida

PO Box 118208

Gainesville, FL 32611-8208

yuhua.xu@ufl.edu

“Melody” Yu-Hua Xu is a Research Assistant in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management at the University of Florida. She is now working towards the completion of Ph.D. degree with a focus on destination planning and community resilience. She had participated in a number of projects for destination development plan and facility management in China and the United States. Her research seeks responsive solutions for destinations and communities in face of various disturbance and changes, and provides tools for sustainable development.

Lori Pennington-Gray

Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

University of Florida

P.O. Box 118208

Gainesville, FL 32611

penngray@hhp.ufl.edu

Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D, serves as Professor and the Director of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute of University of Florida. She has hosted numerous research projects in countries such as United States, Canada, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, Russia, Peru, and the Caribbean. The common theme of her research program is tourism crisis management and tourism planning and development.

Abstract (150 Words)

This study examines the evolution of rural home sharing businesses and relevant laws and regulations. Rural tourism and home sharing businesses have emerged since the 1970s and have developed through four stages under the supervision of general property laws and tax regulations. The current expansion of home sharing in rural area has incurred different problems compared with the problems in urban expansion, and pertinent regulations and policies are lacking. In rural economies, planners should eliminate the negative externalities of home sharing and be aware of what they might lose in exchange for social or economic capital. Finally, based on the analysis of home sharing businesses and community resilience, suggestions were made for policy makers to better strategize how to administer business for community resilience.

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Rural Tourism and Home Sharing: History, Policy and Strategic Planning for Community Resilience

This study examines the evolution of rural home sharing businesses and relevant laws and regulations. Rural tourism and home sharing businesses have emerged since the 1970s and have developed through four stages under the supervision of general property laws and tax regulations. The current expansion of home sharing in rural area has incurred different problems compared with the problems in urban expansion, and pertinent regulations and policies are lacking. In rural economies, planners should eliminate the negative externalities of home sharing and be aware of what they might lose in exchange for social or economic capital. Finally, based on the analysis of home sharing businesses and community resilience, suggestions were made for policy makers to better strategize how to administer business for community resilience.