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Can digital nomads solve the problem of tourist economy? The case of Croatian islands
Malmö University, Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA). Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0018-8720
Institute of Public Finance, Croatia.
2023 (English)In: Eastern Journal of European Studies, ISSN 2068-651X, E-ISSN 2068-6633, Vol. 14, no Special Issue, p. 116-134Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many Croatian island municipalities depend on tourism, which provides income by usingnatural resources; however, traditional tourism is labour intensive and low-skilled whichleads to low wages and low possibilities to increase productivity. This paper aims toanalyse and discuss other possibilities than traditional tourist industry for the Croatianislands to develop. We will turn towards the concept of digital nomads to discuss if digitalnomads can be a solution for the Croatian islands. As a starting point, we use aconceptual model inspired by Harris and Todaro’s theoretical outline. We discuss thenew possibilities that digitalisation has opened for these islands. The digital economyhas made where and when work is performed less important. Thus, the lines betweenwork and non-work are blurred. Tourist industry must look ahead for new forms ofmobility and new kinds of work and non-work, which may bring positive exogenouseffects to the islands in the form of higher educational level, cultural activities, andpurchase power. Our main point is that turning towards attracting digital nomads can,to some extent, be a solution. 

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Editura Universitatii Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi, 2023. Vol. 14, no Special Issue, p. 116-134
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tourism, Croatian islands, digital nomad, creative class, economic development, labour market
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64188DOI: 10.47743/ejes-2023-si07ISI: 001111317200008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85179064685OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-64188DiVA, id: diva2:1818184
Available from: 2023-12-08 Created: 2023-12-08 Last updated: 2024-03-07Bibliographically approved

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