Residential Tourism and Economic Development: Imagineering Boquete and Penang

  • Michaela Benson
  • Karen O’Reilly
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter provides a more focused discussion of how lifestyle migration figures within state-led strategies for economic development. It introduces residential tourism—property-led foreign investment by individuals—as a feature of neoliberal development strategies. It highlights how the prospect of foreign investment of this kind has led to the establishment of new markets in Panama and Malaysia. Exploring these cases in particular, we examine how places are promoted, imagineered, and become popular destinations for certain populations at specific points in time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela Benson
    • 1
  • Karen O’Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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