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Cross-border shopping between Switzerland and Germany: Tensions with Growth

  • Border issues continue to be of interest in tourism literature, most significantly that which focusses on cross-border shopping (e.g., currency values, taxation, security). Borders as destinations are recognized in this area but the notion of shopping as a destination is perhaps less acknowledged. Following a review of the relevant literature, including the presentation of a table summarizing key areas of cross-border tourism research around the world, this paper presents a unique example of a border region with two-way traffic for cross-border shopping tourism: the border between Germany and Switzerland. The particular case is where two cities meet at the border: Konstanz, Germany and Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. An intercept survey and key informant interviews were conducted in both communities in the spring of 2015. The results indicate high levels of traffic for various products and services. And while residents are generally satisfied with cross-border shopping in their communities, there are emerging issues related to volume and, in particular, too many in Konstanz and not enough in Kreuzlingen. The paper concludes with a discussion that includes the development of a model cross-border shopping tourism that recognizes the multiple layers in space and destination. The paper concludes with a proposal to further investigate the particular issues related to the volume on both sides of borders where cross-border shopping is the destination.

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Author:Tatjana ThimmORCiDGND, Doug Ramsey, Leonie Hehn
Parent Title (English):European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2019
Release Date:2020/01/16
Tag:Shopping tourism; Border tourism; Switzerland; Germany; Retail economies
First Page:3
Last Page:17
Institutes:Fakult├Ąt Wirtschafts-, Kultur- und Rechtswissenschaften
Open Access?:Ja
Relevance:Peer reviewed nach anderen Listungen (mit Nachweis zum Peer Review Verfahren)
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International