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Towards a typology of commercial home hosts

Sweeney, M. and Lynch, P.A. (2008) Towards a typology of commercial home hosts. In: Conference Proceedings of the 17th Annual CHME Research Conference. Universities' Design and Print, Glasgow, pp. 574-588. ISBN 0-9548039-1-4

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This paper aims to report on a study which investigates the host - home relationship within the commercial home, identifying typologies of commercial home hosts. Previous studies have identified types of small business owners and home owners and here more specifically to the hospitality context and host category is explored. The relationship with the host is explored using interviews, observations and discussions of relationship facilitated with photographs of the property. Findings identify five types of commercial home hosts; the economic host, the eco-socio host, the socio-eco host, the social host and the ego host. The typologies are explained and discussed.